December 8th People

December 8th

12-08-1933 – 11-28-2004 Leroy “Roy” F. Aarons – Born in the Bronx, New York. He was an American journalist, editor, author, playwright, and founder of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists leroy-f-aarons-2Association (NLGJA). Aarons worked as an editor and a national correspondent for the Washington Post for many years. He covered major events of the 1960s and 1970s, including the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr, and Robert F. Kennedy, urban riots, and government scandals. In 1995 Aarons’ book, A Prayer for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Son became a film in 2009 starring Sigourney Weaver. His life partner of 24 years was Joshua Boneh with whom Aarons was with until his death. In 2006, on the 15th anniversary of NLGJA, a Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award for an LGBT student pursuing a journalism career was established. CNN provided $100,000 to fund the scholarship. The NLGJA had 1,200 members in 24 chapters nationwide as of 2004.

12-08-1967 Marina Baker – Born in Windsor, Berkshire, England. She is an English Liberal Democrat local politician, journalist, marina-baker-2children’s book author, former model, and actress. Baker was chosen as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for March 1987. She is known today as a practicing Wiccan and has authored several children’s books on Witchcraft. In 2001, she worked as a magic consultant for a BBC documentary about the Harry Potter books. Marina is openly bisexual. In 1987, she claimed to have had a lesbian fling with Hugh Hefner’s then-girlfriend Carrie Leigh. Marina is active in local politics, especially environmental issues, in the Brighton area of England, now working under her married name of Marina Pepper. She lives with her husband and two children. In July 2013 she joined a protest against fracking in Balcombe in West Sussex.

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