Frank Kameny And Alan Turing

I was tied up in the first of two conferences earlier this week when Frank Kameny died, but I think it’s worth reiterating, even if it’s a little late in the game, what a great American he is and how much he deserves a biopic. And I think it’s especially worth reiterating that now that an Alan Turing biopic is apparently in development in what would be the second gay-themed historical star turn for Leonardo DiCaprio in a row. Turing’s story is, of course, a great World War II story, but it’s also a tragedy about how deeply and how recently Western democracies persecuted gay people. Those stories should be told in part because they make stories like Kameny’s even more extraordinary, and they illustrate the extent of his courage. We should tell both kinds of stories if we want a real sense of gay history.