DC Street To Be Renamed After Gay Civil Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

A two-block stretch of Washington DC’s Dupont Circle is being renamed after gay civil rights pioneer Frank Kameny, seen above (with the sign) marching with the Mattachine Society in the 1970 NYC pride parade.

A two-block section of 17th Street, N.W., in the heart of one of the city’s most visible gay neighborhoods was to be renamed this week as “Frank Kameny Way” in honor of the veteran gay activist credited with founding the city’s LGBT civil rights movement. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was scheduled to preside over a ceremony and the installation of a new street sign Thursday to officially put in place the Frank Kameny Way street designation. The ceremony was to be part of a long list of events associated with Capital Pride, the city’s annual LGBT community celebration. The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, which has jurisdiction over the 17th Street strip near Dupont Circle, initiated the Kameny street designation earlier this year.