February 23rd People

February 23rd

02-23-1952   Christopher Bram – Born in Kempsville, Virginia. He is a gay American author. He won Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Fiction. His gay themed novels are about gay life in the 1970s. He has also written or co-written several screenplays, including two shorts directed by his partner, Draper Shreeve. Bram’s 1995 novel Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the 1998 movie Gods and Monsters, starring Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, and Brendan Fraser. The film was written and directed by Bill Condon, who won an Academy Award for the adapted screenplay. In 2013 his book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America won the Randy Shilts Award. He lives in Greenwich Village and teaches at New York University.

02-23-1954   Bishop Mary Douglas Glasspool – Born in Staten Island, New York. Glasspool is the 17th woman and the first open lesbian elected Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Her election has gained worldwide attention in the ongoing debate about gay bishops in Anglican Church. Glasspool has been serving as Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of New York since 2016. 

02-23-1959 Karin Wolff – Born in Darmstadt, Germany. She is a German politician, teacher, and writer. In 1995 Wolff became a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union and in the same year, she became a member of parliament in Hesse. Wolff became minister in Hesse on April 7, 1999. She has written two books on children and education. Wolff lives in Darmstadt in an open lesbian relationship.

02-23-1970   Niecy Nash (b. Carol Denise Nash) – Born in Palmdale, California. She is an American comedian, actress, television host, model, and producer. Nash hosted the Style Network show Clean House from 2003 to 2010, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2010. From 2003-2009, she played the role of Deputy Raineesha Williams in the Comedy Central comedy series Reno 911!. For her performance as nurse Denise “DiDi” Ortley in the HBO comedy Getting On (2013-2015) she received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2017, she began starring as Desna Simms, a leading character in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws. In 2018, Nash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been married and divorced twice and has three children by her first marriage. In 2020, Nash announced that she and singer Jessica Betts had married and came out as bisexual.

02-23-1972 Michael Ausiello – Born in Rahway, New Jersey. He is an American television journalist and actor. He was the Senior Writer at TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly and posted his first blog for them on July 2, 2008. On October 4, 2010, he departed from Entertainment Weekly to join Jay Penske’s Mail.com Media, where he launched a new TV site, TVLine.com. He has appeared in a few cameo roles on episodes of TV series the Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, and Scrubs. Ausiello is openly gay and is married to photographer Kit Cowan.

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