06-15-1973 Neil Patrick Harris – Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, television host, and magician. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2004-2014), for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards. Harris was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2010. In 2011 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Harris has hosted the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He also hosted the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, making him the first openly gay man to host the award show. Harris confirmed that he is gay in November 2006 by saying, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.” He and David Burtka married in September 2014. They had been together since 2004. The couple has two children, twins.
06-15-1936 – 02-09-2019 Patricia Nell Warren – Born in Helena, Montana. She was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. Her first novel, The Front Runner (1974), was the first contemporary gay fiction to make the New York Times Best Seller list. For 21 years she worked for Reader’s Digest as an editor for both the magazine and the Condensed Book Club. Warren came out as a lesbian in 1974. Other gay-themed novels include The Fancy Dancer (1976) and The Beauty Queen (1978). In the 1990s, Warren became politically active and from 1996 to 1999, she volunteered as a commissioner of education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving on the Gay & Lesbian Education Commission and later the Human Relations Education Commission. Warren lives in Southern California.
06-15-1988 Julia Kaye – Raised in San Jose, California. She is an American artist and illustrator. Kaye’s first collection of comics was released on May 1, 2018. It tells the story of her first year on hormone replacement therapy and the social, physical, and mental changes during that time. Her comics raise awareness about the experience of transgender individuals and others questioning their own gender identity. Publishers Weekly stated, “Kaye skillfully and effectively relates the daily indignities borne by trans women and the triumphs and quiet joys as well. Her tenacity in this hopeful story will be resonant for readers going through personal transitions of many kinds.” Kaye is involved with the Disney Television Animation show Big City Greens and is the creator of the webcomic Up and Out. She has also done work for Maxim, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, GoComics, and College Humor.
06-15-1881 – 02-18-1916 Hans B. Schmidt – Born in Aschaffenburg, Kingdom of Bavaria, Imperial German. He was a German Roman Catholic priest convicted of murder, and the only priest to be executed in the United States. Schmidt combined a deep religious devotion with bisexual promiscuity and a fascination with blood and dismemberment. During parish assignments in various villages in Germany, Schmidt molested altar boys, had affairs with several women, and consorted with prostitutes. Schmidt emigrated to the United States in 1909. In New York City in 1912, he met Anna Aumüller, the housekeeper for St. Boniface’s Rectory. She began to have a secret sexual relationship with Schmidt. Beginning in December 1912, Schmidt was also having a secret gay relationship with a New York City dentist Ernest Muret, with whom he operated a counterfeiting ring. Schmidt later claimed to have enjoyed Muret more than Anna. In 1913, Anna informed him that she was pregnant. On September 2, 1913, he murdered her and then returned to St. Joseph’s Church, offered Mass and administered Holy Communion, as though nothing had happened. It took 2 trials to convict him and on February 5, 1914, a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. On February 18, 196 he was executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison.
06-15-1936 – 08-17-2007 Edward Avedisian – Born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was an American abstract painter who came into prominence during the 1960s. His work was initially associated with Color Field painting and in the late 1960s with Lyrical Abstraction. His only marriage to a woman ended in divorce. He was then with his lover Judson Baldwin, who died in 2006.
06-15-1989 Ashley Nee – Born in Darnestown, Maryland. She is an American canoe/kayaker that represented the United States in the whitewater slalom at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Nee is openly lesbian and engaged to Ashley McEwan. She was also one of 49 out LGBT athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
06-15-1992 Júlia Vasconcelos – Born in São José dos Campos, Brazil. She is a taekwondo competitor from Brazil. She participated in the 2013 and 2015 world championships and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 57 kg division. Vasconcelos was one of 49 out LGBT athletes to participated in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.