07-31-1932 – 02-18-2007 Barbara Gittings – Born in Vienna, Austria. Her father was an American diplomat. She was a prominent American activist for gay equality. She organized the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis from 1958 to 1963 and edited the national DOB magazine The Ladder from 1963 to 1966. Gittings worked closely with Frank Kameny in the 1960s on the first picket lines that brought attention to the ban on employment of gay people by the US government. In the 1970s, she was most involved with the American Library Association, especially its gay caucus, the first in a professional organization, in order to promote positive literature about homosexuality in libraries. She was also part of the movement to get the American Psychiatric Association to drop homosexuality as a mental illness in 1972. Gittings was with her partner, Kay Tobin for 46 years. In 1999, she summed up her inspiration for her activism: “As a teenager, I had to struggle alone to learn about myself and what it meant to be gay. Now for 48 years I’ve had the satisfaction of working with other gay people across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and the rest of the world too.” In 2003, the American Library Association rewarded her with its highest tribute, lifetime honorary membership. She also earned the first John E. Fryer Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2006 with Frank Kameny. Gittings was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display which celebrates LGBT history and people, in 2012.
07-31-1943 Sab Shimono – Born in Sacramento, California. He is a Japanese-American character actor. His more memorable film roles include Hiroshi Kawamura in the 1990 drama Come See the Paradise, the coroner in 1990s Presumed Innocent and Lord Norinaga in 1993s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. He has also appeared in Asian American independent films. Shimono has been in a relationship with writer Steve Alden Nelson since 2001. The couple registered their domestic partnership in April 2005 and married in San Diego June 23, 2008.
07-??-1965 Dominic Hannigan – Born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. He is an Irish politician. Hannigan was Senator from July 2007 to February 2011. In the 2011 general election, he topped the poll in Meath East. In doing so he became one of the first of two openly gay people to be elected to Dáil Éireann (the lower house and principal chamber of the Irish legislature). In January 2012, Hannigan was elected Chairman of the Joint Committee on EU Affairs. Hannigan also became the first member of the Irish legislature to enter a same-sex marriage, although he had to travel to London to do it. He married his partner of over two decades on New Year’s Eve, 2014.
07-31-1988 Charlie Carver – Born in San Francisco, California, seven minutes before his brother Max Carver, born on August 1, 1988. He is an American actor known for his role as Porter Scavo in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. He was also well known for his role on Teen Wolf as Ethan, along with his brother Max who played Aiden. They both currently star on the HBO series The Leftovers. On January 11, 2016, Charlie came out as gay on his official Instagram account. Charlie said he’s known he was gay since the age of 12, and that he’s grown up “in a family where [his] orientation was celebrated.” “I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world.”