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      Frank Kameny memorials planned in D.C.

      The National Museum of American History is opening a special exhibit of Frank Kameny's protest signs on Friday.

      WASHINGTON (AP) - Memorials are being planned for early gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny who died last week, and the Smithsonian Institution is opening a special display of some of Kameny's picket signs.

      Friends of Kameny have organized a farewell viewing on Nov. 3 at the historic Carnegie Library. A formal public memorial service is being planned for a later date.

      Kameny died Oct. 11 at 86. He left behind a 50-year legacy as an advocate who led the first gay rights march in front of the White House. He took his case to the Supreme Court in 1961 after he was fired from his job as a government astronomer for being gay.

      On Friday, the National Museum of American History is opening a special exhibit of Kameny's protest signs in his honor.