December 26th People

December 26th

12-26-1945 – 08-17-2007 Maxine Feldman – Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She was an American folk singer-songwriter, comedian, and a pioneer of women’s music. Feldman’s song Angry Atthis first performed in May 1969 and first recorded in 1972, is considered the first openly distributed out lesbian song. Feldman identified as a “big loud Jewish butch lesbian.” In the early 1960s, Feldman was kicked out of Emerson College in Boston for being lesbian. She refused electroshock treatment that was recommended at the time to “cure” her. In 1968, she moved to Manhattan and then to Los Angeles where she attended El Camino College. In 1974, Feldman shared the stage at the Town Hall in Manhattan with Yoko Ono. Variety magazine said, “ Feldman proved an impressive spokesman for lesbians with her voice, tunes, interpretation, and sense of humor.”  Her album Closet Sale was recorded in 1979. Feldman was recognized as one of the founders of women’s music in Dee Mosbacher’s 2002 documentary film, Radical Harmonies. She became ill in 1994 but because she didn’t have health insurance, did not get treatment and died on August 17, 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

12-26-1983 Alexander Wang – Born in San Francisco, California. His parents are originally from Taiwan. He is an American fashion alexander-wangdesigner and was the Creative Director of Balenciaga. On April 13, 2014 it was announced that Alexander Wang would be the next designer to create a collection for Swedish based fashion retailer H&M. In 2015, he was included in the Times 100 Most Influential People of 2015. He is out as gay.

12-26-1956 David Sedaris – Born in Johnson City, New York. Sedaris grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father is of Greek descent while his mother is Anglo-American. He is an American Grammy Award-nominated humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. His books include Naked (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) and, Let’s Explore Diabetes and Owls (2013). He lives in West Sussex, England with his longtime partner Hugh Hamrick. He enjoys collecting litter in the local area, where he is known as “Pig Pen,” and has a garbage truck named after him. In 2014, he participated in Do I Sound Gay?, a documentary film by David Thorpe about stereotypes of gay men’s speech patterns.

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