April 9th People

April 9th

04-09-1990 Kristen Stewart – Born in Los Angeles, California. She is an American actress and model. She received recognition in 2008 with her role of protagonist Bella Sean in The Twilight Series (2008-2012). Stewart has also appeared in many films, including Adventureland (2009), The Runaways (2010) where she portrays Joan Jett, Still Alice (2014) and Equals (2015). In 2015 she received France’s César Award making her the first American actress to do so. Stewart is the “face” of Chanel and Balenciaga fashion brands. In March 2016, she was dating French actress Soko. The two have since split up. In July 2016, Stewart confirmed that she was in a relationship with her former assistant Alicia Cargile. In late 2016, Stewart began dating Victoria’s Secret model, Stella Maxwell. On her February 4, 2017, appearance on Saturday Night Live, Stewart described herself as “so gay.

04-09-1999   Lil Nas X (born Montero Lamar Hill) – Born in Lithia Springs, Georgia. He is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. In early 2019, he came to international attention for his country rap single Old Town Road. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for nineteen weeks. In June 2019, Nas X came out as gay, the only artist to have done so while having a number-one record. Old Town Road earned him two MTV Video Music Awards, including Song of the Year and the American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Song. Nas X is the only openly LGBT artist to win a Country Music Association award. He was nominated for six Grammy Awards and won two. His coming out as gay has been mostly positive, although there was some backlash on social media from the country and hip hop communities.

04-09-1821 – 08-31-1867  Charles Baudelaire – Born in Paris, France. He was a French poet and the first to translate Edgar Allan Poe into French. Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) is his most famous work. It originally included six poems about lesbianism and were considered so obscene that Baudelaire, his printer, and publisher were taken to court. The verdict banned the six poems from any future printing of the book. It wasn’t until 1949, when the judgment of obscenity was reversed, that the poem were restored. Baudelaire was a huge influence on the gay poet, Arthur Rimbaud, and the symbolist movement in France. Baudelaire was not gay but would be considered a LGBT ally today.

04-09-1966 Cynthia Nixon – Born in New York City, New York. She is an American actress, known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998-2004), the film Sex and the City (2008) and its sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010). She has won two Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and a Tony Award. From 1988 to 2003, Nixon was in relationship with schoolteacher Danny Mozes, They have two children together. In 2004, Nixon began dating Christine Marinoni. They became engaged in April 2009 and were married in New York City on May 27, 2012. Marinoni gave birth to a son in 2011. Nixon has two children from her marriage to Danny Mozes. In June, 2018, Nixon revealed that her oldest child is transgender. Nixon identifies herself as bisexual. Nixon has taken a public stand on supporting same-sex marriage. In March 2010, she received the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. The award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional “who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.” In June 2010, it was announced the she would appear in 4 episodes of the Showtime series The Big C. In 2015 Nixon appeared in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She is set to star as Emily Dickinson in the upcoming film A Quiet Passion.

04-09-1963 Marc Jacobs – Born in New York City, New York. As an American fashion designer, he is the head designer for “Marc Jacobs,” as well as “Marc by Marc Jacobs,” a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013. Jacobs was on Time magazine’s “2010 Time 100” list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and ranked number 14 on Out magazines’s 2012 list of the “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.” In March 2015, Marc Jacobs announced the end of his secondary brand Marc by Marc Jacobs in order to focus on the development of his main label Marc Jacobs and to target to a more luxury oriented audience.

04-09-1936 – 04-25-1988   Valerie Solanas – Born in Ventnor City, New Jersey. She was an American radical feminist and author best known for writing the SCUM Manifesto, and attempting to murder Andy Warhol in 1968. Her manifesto urged women to “overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete in the mid-1960s. automation, and eliminate the male sex.” She came out as a lesbian in the 1950s. Solanas moved to New York City in the mid-1960s and met Andy Warhol. She gave him her play Up Your Ass and asked him to produce it. Solanas later accused Warhol of conspiring to steal her work, bought a gun and on June 3, 1968 she went to The Factory, where she wounded Warhol. She turned herself into the police and was charged with attempted murder, assault, and illegal possession of a gun. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, she served a three-year prison sentence, including treatment in a psychiatric hospital. After her release, she continued to promote the SCUM Manifesto. She died in 1988 of pneumonia in San Francisco.  

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