06-13-1897 – 07-23-1947 Karyl Norman (George Francis Peduzzi) – Born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an American female impersonator who was popular in vaudeville, nightclubs, and on Broadway in the 1920s. He took the name Karyl because it was sexless, and Norman after his father. Billing himself as “The Creole Fashion Plate,” he was known for his gowns, mostly made by his mother with whom he traveled. Norman wrote many of the songs he sang. In 1930, he headlined at the Palace Theatre in an act called “Glorifying the American Boy-Girl.” The actress Fifi D’Orsay described Norman as “…a great performer…a wonderful guy, beloved and respected by everyone, although he was a gay boy… it was harder for them than it is today. He did an act with two pianos and those gorgeous clothes. He had such class and he was so divine.” Norman was reportedly arrested on a morals charge in Detroit but was released after the intervention of Eleanor Roosevelt. He retired after his mother’s death.
06-13-1926 – 01-10-1982 Paul Lynde – Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio. American comedian and actor. A noted character actor with a distinctively campy persona that often poked fun at his barely in-the-closet homosexuality. Lynde was known for his roles as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched and the befuddled father Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. He was also the regular “center square” guest on the game show Hollywood Squares from 1968 to 1981. Lynde had a problem with alcohol and drugs. He finally became sober and drug-free in early 1980. On January 10, 1982, Lynde died of a heart attack at the age of 55.
06-13-1985 Blake Skjellerup – Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Skjellerup is of Danish and Maori descent. He is a short track speed skater who competed for New Zealand at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, finishing sixteenth. He has won five New Zealand national titles and broken numerous national records throughout his career. In May 2010 in an interview with Australian magazine DNA, he came out as gay. He became an advocate for Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide campaign to fight bullying in New Zealand. In 2014 Skjellerup appeared in the documentary To Russia with Love, that was filmed during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia that centered on the Russian anti-gay laws and the ethical dilemmas faced by openly LGBT athletes.