Gay rights activist Franklin Kameny's home becomes D.C. landmark

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The home of Franklin Kameny, a longtime activist for gay rights, was designated by the Historic Preservation Review Board as a local landmark at a hearing on Thursday.

The site, located at 5020 Cathedral Ave. NW, is the first gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender site listed in D.C.’s inventory of historic sites.

During the 1960s and the early 1970s, Kameny’s home and office served as a meeting ground for planning gay civil rights campaigns and strategies.

Kameny still lives in the 54-year-old residence.

The home functioned as the headquarters of the Mattachine Society of D.C., which was co-founded by Kameny in 1961 to fight for equal rights for homosexuals.

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