12-01-1945 Bette Midler – Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Midler is a gay icon and has long been a supporter of the LGBT community. In 1970 she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse, where she built up a gay following. Since 1970, she has released 14 albums. In 1979, she made her motion picture debut in The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She has been in a number of hit films, including Beaches, The First Wives Club, and Outrageous Fortune. Midler is currently appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!
12-01-1940 – 12-10-2005 Richard Pryor – Born in Peoria, Illinois. He was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential comedians of all time. Pryor won an Emmy Award and five Grammy Awards. The first Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was given to him in 1998. He was married seven time to five women and had relationships with actresses Pam Grier and Margot Kidder. In 2018, Quincy Jones and Jennifer Lee, whom Pryor married twice, stated that Pryor had a sexual relationship with Marlon Brando, and that Pryor was open about his bisexuality with friends. In his autobiography, Pryor talked about having a two-week sexual relationship with a transvestite, which he called “two weeks of being gay.”
12-01-1985 Janelle Monáe – Born in Kansas City, Kansas. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Monáe has received six Grammy Award nominations, an MTV Video Music Award, and the ASCAP Vanguard Award. In 2018 she was awarded the “Trailblazer of the Year” by Billboard Women in Music. Monáe had roles in two feature films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight. In April, 2018, in an interview with Rolling Stone, she said that she identified with both bisexuality and pansexual, having had relationships with both men and women.
12-01-1947 Richard Barnes – Born in the United Kingdom, place of birth unknown. He is a British politician. Barnes is openly gay. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Mayor of London, making him the first male and first LGBT Deputy Mayor of London. Barnes held that position until May 4, 2012. On September 30, 2014, Barnes announced he was leaving the Conservative Party to join the UK Independence Party.