10-07-1931 Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa. He is a supporter of LGBT rights stating “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.” Tutu has lent his name to the fight against homophobia in Africa and around the world. He stated at the launching of the book “Sex, Love and Homophobia” that homophobia is a “crime against humanity” and “every bit as unjust” as apartheid.
10-07-1916 – 08-11-1953 John Horne Burns – Born in Andover, Massachusetts. He was an American author best known for the 1947 book The Gallery, which depicts life in Allied-occupied Naples, Italy from the perspective of several different characters. Burns explored the average man’s resentment of the military, his struggle to assert his individuality within the complex war effort, the tension between officers and enlisted men, the psychological effects of dislocation, economic and social inequality between the Americans and those they defeated, the experience of homosexual military personnel, and the popular life of Naples in 1944 under Allied occupation. The Saturday Review called the novel “the best war book of the year.” Burns is known as a gay novelist and stated that he was certain that to be a great writer it was necessary to be homosexual. He was known to drink to excess. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
10-07-1935 Noretta Koertge – Born in Olney, Illinois. She is a philosopher of science noted for her work on Karl Popper and scientific rationality. Since 1981, she has been a Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Indiana. She has also written novels, including Who Was That Masked Woman? (1981) and Valley of the Amazons (1984). She is an out lesbian.
10-07-1952 Marilyn Waring – Born in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand. She is a New Zealand feminist, politician, an activist for female human rights and environmental issues, a development consultant and United Nations expert, She is also an author and an academic, known as a principal founder of the discipline of feminist economics. Waring was a member of the New Zealand Parliament between 1975 and 1984. Waring’s work was the subject of a 1995 film by Oscar-winning director Terre Nash, titled Who’s Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics. An anthology, Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics was published in 2014, included contributions of a diverse group of scholars on advances made in the field since the publication of her book, If Women Counted, published in 1988 with an introduction by Gloria Steinem.
10-07-1964 Dan Savage – Born in Chicago, Illinois. He is an American gay activist, author, media pundit, journalist, newspaper editor and sex advice columnist. In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, began the “It Gets Better Project” to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Savage and Miller were married in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2005. Following the 2012 legalization of gay marriage in Washington, he and Miller were part of the ceremonial first group of 11 couples to receive a Washington marriage license. The couple married at Seattle City Hall on December 9, 2012.
10-07-1973 Hans Peter Minderhoud – Born in Westkapelle, Netherlands. He is a Dutch dressage rider. In 2008, he won a silver Olympic medal in Team Dressage at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Minderhoud is openly gay and in a relationship with teammate Edward Gal. At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was one of 49 out LGBT athletes to compete.