February 28th & 29th People

February 28th

02-28-1977 Kehinde Wiley – Born in Los Angeles, California. His father is from Nigeria and his mother is African-American. He is a New York City-based portrait painter known for his naturalistic painting of African-Americans. In October 2017, Wiley was commissioned to produce a portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He and Amy Sherald, who was chosen to paint the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, are the first black artists to paint official portraits of the president and the first lady. Wiley identifies as gay.



02-28-1903 – 07-25-1986 Vincente Minnelli – Born in Chicago, Illinois. He was an American stage and film director. Minnelli directed two musical movie classics, Meet Me In St. Louis and An American In Paris. Married to Judy Garland from 1945 to 1951; father of Liza Minnelli and Christiane (her mother was Georgette Magnani married to Minnelli from 1962 to 1971) . He was openly gay while living in New York. Upon arriving in Hollywood he was known to be “bisexual.”



02-28-1952 Pete Williams – Born in Casper, Wyoming. He is an NBC News television correspondent based in Washington D.C. He was outed as gay in August 1991 by Michelangelo Signorile.





02-28-1963 Rosie Mendez – Member of the New York City Council from Manhattan, representing the 2nd District. She is the child of Puerto Rican parents. Mendez graduated from New York University and Rutgers School of Law – Newark. She is openly lesbian.




02-29-1972 – 11-11-1994 Pedro Zamora – Born in Diezmero, Cuba. He was a Cuban-American AIDS educator and television personality. As one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media, he brought international attention to HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, and prejudices through his appearance on MTV’s reality television series, The Real World: San Francisco. President Bill Clinton credited Zamora with personalizing and humanizing those living with HIV with his activism, including testifying before Congress.

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