November 10, 2011 at 10:32 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Kameny memorial service set for Nov. 15

Friends and allies of the late gay rights leader Frank Kameny have scheduled a national memorial service to honor his life and accomplishments to be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Cannon House Office Building next to the U.S. Capitol.

Organizers said the event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 345, which is the building’s main caucus room. The congressional hosts of the event include D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus members Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).

“Friends and allies of Dr. Kameny, and members of the general public, need no invitation to attend this service on Capitol Hill, capacity permitting,” organizers said in a statement. “This spacious and historic venue was made available through the generous support from leaders of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, allies in LGBT equality and national service.”

Members of Congress and officials with the Obama administration are expected to be among the speakers at the event, said co-organizer Bob Witeck, a longtime friend and colleague of Kameny’s.

Witeck said the event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kameny’s role as co-founder of the Mattachine Society of Washington, the city’s first gay rights group.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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