June 12th People

June 12th

06-12-1930 – 11-30-2017 Jim Nabors – Born in Sylacauga, Alabama. He was an American actor and singer. Best known as the character Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show. The character became so popular that Nabors was given his own spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors became a popular guest on Jim Naborsvariety shows in the 1960s and 1970s (including two specials of his own), which showcased his rich baritone voice. He recorded numerous albums and singles, most of them contain romantic ballads. After moving to Hawaii from Bel Air, California with his partner Stan Cadwallader, in 1976, he launched a show, The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which ran for two years. On January 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Nabors had married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel on January 15, 2013, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington.

06-12-1901 – 06-08-1979   Sir Norman Bishop Hartnell – Born in Streatham, London, England. He was a leading British fashion designer, best known for his work for the ladies of the royal family. Hartnell was the dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1940 and in 1957, he became the dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II. Hartnell never married and had a discreet and quiet life at a time when homosexual relations between men were illegal. As a leading designer for the British Royal Family and other aristocratic clients, he never did anything to compromise his position. Examples of Hartnell’s evening wear are in a number of museum collections. 

06-12-1892 – 06-18-1983 Djuna Barnes – Born in Storm King Mountain, New York. She was an American writer that played an important part in the Djuna Barnesdevelopment of 20th-century modernist writing and was one of the key figures in the 1920s and ‘30s bohemian Paris. She had affairs with both men and women. Barnes had a long affair with the sculptor Thelma Wood. Her novel, Nightwood, became a cult work of modern fiction that stands out today for its portrayal of lesbian themes and its distinctive writing style. Writer Bertha Harris described her work as “practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world” since Sappho.

06-12-1929 – 08-07-1995 Brigid Brophy (Lady Levey) – Born in Ealing, West London, England. She was a British novelist, critic, and campaigner for social reforms, including the rights of authors and animal rights. She was also a Brigid Brophyfeminist and pacifist. In her second year at Oxford, she was expelled for “unspecified offenses,” it was rumored that she was drunk in the chapel or was accused of lesbianism. In 1954, Brophy married Michael Levey, an art historian. During the 1960s, their unconventional marriage, which Brophy was outspoken about, favored bisexuality and opposed monogamy and institutional heterosexuality, was debated in the British press and literary circles. Her social and sexual opinions in her essays Don’t Never Forget (1963) and Baroque ’n’ Roll and other Essays (1986) are among the recurring themes in Brophy’s fiction. She was outspoken about animal rights and vegetarianism. In her book Baroque ’n’ Roll (1987) she wrote about her struggle with multiple sclerosis, her bisexuality, and the causes she supported.

06-12-1959   Scott Thompson – Born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He is a Canadian actor and comedian, best known for being a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. Openly gay, Thompson played the role of “alpha queen” socialite Buddy Cole. He was also on the Larry Sanders Show playing the part of Brian. Thompson published a humor book, Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole, and a graphic novel, The Hollow Planet, based on the characters from The Kids in the Hall. He also wrote and performed two one-man shows. In 2018, Thompson launched Après le Déluge – The Buddy Cole Monologues, a one-man show in character as Buddy Cole.

06-12-1986   Megan Rose Gedris – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She is a mostly self-taught American cartoonist, writer, and publisher. Her most well-known comics include YU+ME: dream and I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space. Her comics deal with the advancement of women, LGBT issues, and body-positivity. One of her motivations for starting her comics career was her experience at a comics store as a young still-closeted queer woman where she noticed the sexualized women on the covers. She wanted a better context and story regarding women in comics. Gedris has indicated that she identifies as nonbinary or genderfluid.

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