06-16-1947 Ellen Bass – Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has frequently appeared in The New Yorker and on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, including her poem, “Ordinary Sex”, on August 17, 2017. Her most recent book, Like a Beggar (2014), was a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize, The Publishers Triangle Award, The Milt Kessler Poetry Award, The Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Award. Her non-fiction book, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. Ellen founded poetry workshops in California at the Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz jails. She also teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
06-16-1903 – 02-11-1955 Ona Munson (b. Owena Walcott) – Born in Portland, Oregon. She was an American actress best known for her role as madam Belle Watling in Gone With the Wind (1939). Munson had a successful stage and radio career in the 1930s in New York. The song “You’re the Cream in My Coffee” was introduced by her in the 1927 Broadway musical Hold Everything. She was married three times each one called a lavender marriage to conceal her affairs with women, including filmmaker Dorothy Arzner and playwright Mercedes de Acosta. Munson was a member of the “sewing circle,” a clique of lesbians organized by actress Alla Nazimova.
06-16-1873 – 04-21-1938 Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell – Born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom. She was an English aristocrat and society hostess. Her circle of friends included many authors, artists, sculptors, and poets. Her work as a patron was enduring and influential, notably in her contribution to the Contemporary Art Society during its early years. She was bisexual and had many affairs with both women and men. Notable love affairs: Bertrand Russell, Dorothy Bussy, Augustus John, Dora Carrington, and Roger Fry.
06-16-1949 Jaime Manrique – Born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He is a gay Columbian-American author, poet, and journalist. His first poetry volume won Colombia’s National Poetry Award. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write his memoirs and has contributed to Shade (1996), a gay, black fiction anthology. He has taught creative writing at Mount Holyoke College, New York University, The New School of Social Research, and Columbia University. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the City College of New York.
06-16-1951 – 03-02-1991 Louis Graydon Sullivan – Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Transgender pioneer, author, and activist is known for his work on behalf of trans men. He was born Sheila Jean Sullivan. He founded FTM International, one of the first transgender organizations, along with SHAFT in the UK, and Rupert Raj’s Metamorphosis in Toronto, and is largely responsible for the modern acknowledgment that sexual orientation and gender identity are totally different concepts. Sullivan lived as a gay man. On March 2, 1991, Sullivan died of AIDS-related illness. He was the first trans man to die of AIDS.
06-16-1955 – 11-27-1995 Reverend Simon Bailey – Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. He was an Anglican priest. He was inducted as Rector of St. Leonard’s parish church, Dinnington in South Yorkshire in December 1985. Bailey was gay and contracted HIV from a sexual partner. For several years he worked in the parish without obvious symptoms, but he became too sick to conceal his condition and he informed the diocesan authorities and gradually introduced the news to his own parishioners. Though not the only Anglican priest at that time to be HIV-positive, and eventually to develop AIDS, he was the first to stay in parish ministry, continuing to celebrate the Eucharist until only a few weeks before his death. His parishioners loved and cared for him during his illness.
06-16-1965 Richard (Rich) Madaleno – Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is an American politician from Maryland. Madaleno was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the Maryland General Assembly and he was the first openly gay Maryland state senator. In 2014 he successfully sponsored a bill to make discrimination against transgender people illegal. In 2018, he introduced legislation to protect young people from conversion therapy. He and his husband, Mark, have two children.
06-16-1967 Jenny Shimizu – Born in San Jose, California. She is a Japanese American model and actress. She was one of the stars of Firefox, along with Angelina Jolie. She modeled for Calvin Klein’s CK1 fragrance and fashions. She later was featured in the Banana Republic “American Beauty” campaign. She had an intimate relationship with Madonna, claiming that Madonna would fly her to destinations across the globe for sexual liaisons. She also had a romantic relationship with Angelina Jolie, as Jolie has confirmed. “I fell in love with her the first second I saw her,” Jolie stated regarding her relationship with Shimizu. In 2012, Shimizu met Michelle Harper (b. 1978 in Columbia) at a party. They married in August 2014.
06-16-1976 Tom Lenk – Born in Camarillo, California, He is an American stage and television actor best known for starring as Andrew Wells in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel. Besides acting, Lenk is a singer and playwright. He has toured with the European cast of Grease and has written three plays. He is openly gay.
06-16-1991 Joe McElderry – Born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, He is an English musician, singer/songwriter. His first single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Charts. To date, he has released four top 20 albums – two reaching the UK top three. McElderry has sold over 2 million records worldwide. On July 30, 2010, he announced on his official website that he is gay. The gay charity Stonewall has listed McElderry as a gay role model He was on Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).