But now they are grave robbing as well. A group of gay activists that includes liberal Democrats and one Republican are being sued by the heir of gay civil rights activist Frank Kameny for removing property from his home that does not belong to them.
Kameny died last October and left his estate, other than some papers left to the Library of Congress, entirely to a young African American gay man, Timothy Lamont Clark, whose extended family had adopted Kameny as a member.
The four named in the suit are: Rick Rosendall, author of a partisan Democratic column in MetroWeekly, and the star of an infamous YouTube (below) where he wishes death on Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket; Bob Witeck, a donor to the Democratic Party gay lobby, the Human Rights Campaign fund (which claims, ludicrously, to be bipartisan), the owner of a gay PR and branding firm, and the organizer of a project to raise funds to transfer Kameny’s papers to the Library of Congress (70,000 documents were donated in 2006 and the rest bequeathed at his death); Dr. Marvin Carter, an organizer of a charity for gay marines that sought a burial plot for Kameny; and Bush Republican strategist Charles Francis, who edited an anthology on Kameny.
One suspects the items allegedly purloined (the four named are not commenting on the suit) are items they think have historical value that should not be left in the hands of Kameny’s heir, despite his property rights, and not items of value they are keeping for their own personal gain.
Gay Democratic activist and MetroWeekly columnist Rick Rosendall with Democratic activist friend Peter Rosenstein
It has only been a few years since the DC gay community got to watch several Democratic Party national HQ employees, donors, and bundlers, sue and depose each other over claims that a group of them defamed in Internet exchanges a Democratic Party employee who had been fired. one of the two DC gay weekly papers, The Washington Blade, has been reporting on the current case since the first suit was filed last week on March 3rd. I suspect we will learn more details, probably revealing more arrogance than avarice, in the weeks to come.