June 14th People

June 14th

06-14-1961 Boy George (George Alan O’Dowd) – Born in Bexley, Kent, England. He is an English singer-songwriter and lead singer with the Grammy and Brit Award pop band, Culture Club, where he became known for his soulful voice and androgyny. The band Boy George 2got its name referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of its members. George and the drummer, Jon Moss, initially not known by the other band members, were involved in a romantic relationship. After the group disbanded, he embarked on a successful solo career. In 2006, in a documentary titled The Madness of Boy George, he declared on camera that he was “military gay.” In a 2008 documentary Living with Boy George, he talks about he first realized he was gay, and when he first told his parents.

06-14-1955   Paul O’Grady MBE – Born in Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. He is an English comedian, broadcaster, actor, writer, and former drag queen. In the 1980s, he became famous in London’s gay scene with his drag queen persona Lily Savage, which went mainstream in the 1990s. In the 2000s he dropped his drag persona and became a presenter of various television and radio shows, most notably The Paul O’Grady Show. His long-term lover and business partner was Brendan Frank Murphy (March 4, 1956 – June 9, 2005). O’Grady is an animal lover and in September, 2016, he was recognized for his work with animals by getting the award for “Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare” at the RSPCA’s Animal Hero Awards. O’Grady was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for services to entertainment. In 2020 he became president of the British Music Hall Society.

06-14-1974 – 09-28-2004 FannyAnn Viola Eddy – Born in Sierra Leone. She was an activist for lesbian and gay rights in Sierra Leone and throughout Africa. In 2002, she founded the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association. Eddy addressed the United FannyAnn EddyNations and other international groups. In April 2004, she advocated passing of the Brazilian Resolution (the resolution cover human rights and sexual orientation) at the UN in Geneva. Eddy was murdered on September 29, 2004, by a group of men that broke into the office of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association in Freetown. She was gang-raped, stabbed and had her neck broken. Eddy left behind a son and her partner, Esther Chikalipa. In 2008, the FannyAnn Eddy Poetry Award was named in her honor.

06-14-1949 Sir Antony Sher, KBE (Knight – Order of the British Empire) – Born in Cape Town, South Africa into a Lithuanian-Jewish family. He is now a British citizen. Sher is an actor, writer, and theatre director. In 2001, Sher played the role of composer Sir Antony SherGustav Mahler in Ronald Harwood’s play Mahler’s Conversion, about Mahler’s decision to renounce his Jewish faith. Speaking about the role to The Guardian’s Rupert Smith, Sher revealed: “When I came to England in 1968, at 19, I looked around and I didn’t see any Jewish leading men in the classical theatre, so I thought it best to conceal my Jewishness. The theatre was full of gay people, but none of them were out, and there was that ugly story about Gielgud being arrested for cottaging (anonymous sex between men), so I thought I’d better hide that as well.” In 2005, Sher and his partner, director Gregory Doran, became one of the first gay couples to enter into a civil partnership in the UK. In 2015 Sher played Willy Loman In Death of a Salesman.

06-14-1971 Billie Myers – Born in Coventry, West Midlands, England to a British mother and Jamaican father. She is an English rock singer-songwriter known for her 1998 hit song Kiss the Rain. She has spoken about her bisexuality and the difficulties of “not being gay enough” has caused her in the past. Myers was the closing act for Los Angeles Gay Pride 2006 and in 2009, Myers sang America the Beautiful at the National Equality March in Washington D.C. She has also spoken out about living with depression and is an ambassador for the Jed Foundation. Myers also supports the Mindfull initiative that supports young people dealing with mental health issues. Her third album, Tea and Sympathy, was released in March 2013.

06-14-1974 Sutan Amrull (Raja) – Born in Baldwin Park, California. He is an American make-up artist and drag performer. He was the 3rd season winner of RuPaul’s Drag Sutan AmrulRace. He was also known for his work on the reality television show America’s Next Top Model, serving as the show’s make-up artist for nine cycles (fourth through twelve). His clients include Pamela Anderson, Tyra Banks, Iman, and Twiggy.

06-14-1981   Daniel Newman – Born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an American actor, model, and musician. He has appeared on The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Homeland, Sex and the City, Cirque du Freak, and many other films and television shows. In March 2017, Newman came out as bisexual and has made appearances in support of GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.

06-14-1988   Kevin McHale – Born in Plano, Texas. He is an American actor, singer, dancer, and radio personality. He is best known for his role as Artie Abrams in the comedy-drama series Glee. In April 2016, McHale appeared in the cast of Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries, When We Rise. McHale came out as gay in a tweet in April 2018. Photo by Greg Hernandez.

06-14-1953 Ray Boltz – Born in Muncie, Indiana. He is a singer-songwriter popular for his contemporary Christian music. In 1990, his record, Thank You, won Ray Boltzthe Song of the Year award at the GMA (Gospel Music Assoc.) Dove Awards. Boltz was married for thirty-three years and has four children. He separated from his wife in 2005; their divorce became final in 2008. On September 12, 2008, during an interview with the Washington Blade, Boltz disclosed that he was gay. He stated that he knew he was attracted to other men since he was a young man. He stated, “I’d denied it ever since I was a kid. I became Christian, I thought that was the way to deal with this and I prayed hard and tried for 30-some years and then at the end, I was just going, ‘I’m still gay. I know I am.’” He also said, “I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.” In 2010, his album True won Album of the Year at the OUT Music Awards. He currently lives with his partner Franco Sperduti in Florida.

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