06-14-1960 Jane Lynch – Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She is an American comedian, actress and singer. She gained fame in Christopher Guest’s improv rockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee has won numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress and others. On September 4, 2013, Lynch received the 2,505th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lynch is openly lesbian and in 2005 she was named one of Power Up’s “10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz.”
06-14-1949 Sir Antony Sher, KBE (Knight – Order of the British Empire) – Born in Cape Town, South Africa into a Lithuanian-Jewish family. He is now a British citizen. Sher is an actor, writer, and theatre director. In 2001, Sher played the role of composer Gustav Mahler in Ronald Harwood’s play Mahler’s Conversion, about Mahler’s decision to renounce his Jewish faith. Speaking about the role to The Guardian’s Rupert Smith, Sher revealed: “When I came to England in 1968, at 19, I looked around and I didn’t see any Jewish leading men in the classical theatre, so I thought it best to conceal my Jewishness. The theatre was full of gay people, but none of them were out, and there was that ugly story about Gielgud being arrested for cottaging (anonymous sex between men), so I thought I’d better hide that as well.” In 2005, Sher and his partner, director Gregory Doran, became one of the first gay couples to enter into a civil partnership in the UK. In 2015 Sher played Willy Loman In Death of a Salesman.
06-14-1961 Boy George (George Alan O’Dowd) – Born in Bexley, Kent, England. He is a English singer-songwriter. Lead singer with the Grammy and Brit Award pop band Culture Club where he became known for his soulful voice and androgyny. The band got its name referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of its members. George and the drummer, Jon Moss, initially not known by the other band members, were involved in a romantic relationship. After the group disbanded, he embarked on a successful solo career. In 2006 in a documentary titled The Madness of Boy George, he declared on camera that he was “military gay”. In a 2008 documentary Living with Boy George, he talks about his first realization he was gay, and when he first told his parents.
06-14-1971 Billie Myers – Born in Coventry, West Midlands, England to a British mother and Jamaican father. She is an English rock singer-songwriter known for her 1998 hit song Kiss the Rain. She has spoken about her bisexuality and the difficuties of “not being gay enough” has caused her in the past. Myers was the closing act for Los Angeles Gay Pride 2006 and in 2009, Myers sang America the Beautiful at the National Equality March in Washington D.C. She has also spoken out about living with depression and is an ambassador for the Jed Foundation. She also supports the Mindfull initative that supports young people dealing with mental health issues. Her third album Tea and Sympath was released in March 2013.
06-14-1974 – 09-28-2004 FannyAnn Viola Eddy – Born in Sierra Leone. She was an activist for lesbian and gay rights in Sierra Leone and throughout Africa. In 2002, she founded the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association. Eddy addressed the United Nations and other international groups. In April 2004, she advocated passing of the Brazilian Resolution (the resolution cover human rights and sexual orientation) at the UN in Geneva. Eddy was murdered on September 29, 2004 by a group of men that broke into the office of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association in Freetown. She was gang-raped, stabbed and had her neck broken. Eddy left behind a son and her partner, Esther Chikalipa. In 2008 the FannyAnn Eddy Poetry Award was named in her honor.
06-14-1974 Sutan Amrull (Raja) – Born in Baldwin Park, California. He is an American make-up artist and drag performer. He was the 3rd season winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. He was also known for his work on the reality television show America’s Next Top Model, serving as the show’s make-up artist for nine cycles (fourth through twelve). His clients include Pamela Anderson, Tyra Banks, Iman, and Twiggy.