02-12-1923 Franco Zeffirelli – Born in Florence, Italy. He is an Italian director and producer of films and television. Known principally for his 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. His 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew remains the best-known film adaptation of the play. He was also a director and designer of operas and a former senator (1994-2001) for the Italian centre-right “Froza Italia” party. In 1996 he came out as gay. He considered himself “homosexual” rather than gay, he felt the term “gay” was less elegant.
02-12-1963 Jacqueline Amanda Woodson – Born in Columbus, Ohio. She is an African-American writer of books for children and adolescents. Best known for Miracle’s Boys, which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001. She was named one of six Hans Christian Andersen Award finalists on March 17, 2014. She is openly lesbian with a lifelong partner and two children.