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He has said his greatest achievement was coining the phrase "Gay is Good". He brought militancy to the movement that in it's early years was more about listening to experts on homosexuality tell people why they were sick. He saw being gay as just one aspect of a person like their skin color, religion, sex, or religion. And gay people were discriminated against because of this one characteristic just as other groups were. This idea was revolutionary. It was his ideas that influenced other activists combined with his iron will and tireless energy in the pursuit of justice.
But that group had a more social function, and was secretive; the Washington group was the first to really come out and take on political advocacy. Kameny's role in legal and governmental protections for gay rights is massive; he coined the "Gay is Good" slogan, and is responsible for getting homosexuality removed as a psychological disorder from the American Psychiatric Association's list.