FULL DISCLOSURE: I knew longtime gay rights activist Frank Kameny in a very minor way toward the end of his life, chauffeuring him to gay history events in Washington, D.C. Even in his 80s, slow-moving and with strands of white hair adrift, Kameny was a force to be reckoned with.
That forcefulness dominates Gay is Good, a new selection of Kameny’s letters culled from well over 100 boxes of his archives, now open to the public at the Library of Congress. Through these letters, editor Michael G. Long presents a coherent narrative of Kameny’s battles for gay and lesbian equality.
Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of
Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny
Edited by Michael G. Long
Syracuse University Press
380 pages, $36.95