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 variety 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.
06-12-1892 – 06-18-1983 Djuna Barnes – Born in Storm King Mountain, New York. She was an American writer that played an important part in the development 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 feminist 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.