07-27-1940 Reverend Troy Perry – Born in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, a Christian denomination with a special affirming ministry with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Los Angeles on October 6, 1968. The first worship service was attended by twelve people, nine of which were Perry’s friends. Within several months services took place in a theatre that held 600 people. In 1971, their own building was dedicated with over a thousand members in attendance. The MCC has now over 300 congregations in 18 countries. The 2007 documentary film titles Call Me Troy is the story of his life and legacy, including the founding of MCC and his struggles as a civil rights leader in the gay community. Perry performed same sex unions as early as 1970 and ordained women as pastors as early as 1972.
07-27-1946 – 07-18-1996 Stephen Donaldson – Born in Utica, New York. His birth name was Robert Anthony Martin, Jr. and he was also known as Donny the Punk. He was an American bisexual activist and known for his pioneering activism in LGBT rights and prison reform. Donaldson is known for his writing about punk rock and subculture. While at Columbia University, he formed the first official chartered student gay rights group on April 19, 1967. By 1971, there were an estimated 150 gay student groups at colleges and universities. Donaldson died of AIDS in 1996 at the age of 49.
07-27-1953 Wilhelmus “Wim” van de Camp – Born in Oss, Netherlands. He is a Dutch politician. He became a member of the European Parliament in 2009. Van de Camp, a Roman Catholic, is openly gay.