June 19th People

June 19th

06-19-1856 – 01-22-1933 Elisabeth (Bessy) Marbury – Born in New York City, New York. She was a pioneering theatrical and literary agent, and producer, who representedElisabeth Marbury prominent theatrical performers and writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She helped shape the business methods of the modern commercial theatre. Her clients included playwrights Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. She was an early promoter of African American writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Marbury was a long time companion of Elsie de Wolfe (known as Lady Mendl), a prominent socialite and famous interior decorator. They lived openly in what many accepted as a lesbian relationship.

06-19-1906 – 09-15-1977   Ljuba Prenner (b. Amalia Marija Uršula Prenner) – Born in Fara, Carinthia, Austria-Hungary. He was a Slovene lawyer and writer. Assigned female at birth, at a young age he identified as male and began to transition to a male appearance as a teenager. Because of lack of funds, he would quit school, take a job and save enough money to continue his education. In 1930, he successfully passed the Matura matriculation (what we would call a GED) and entered law school. During the 1930s, he began to publish short stories and novels. In 1939, he wrote the first Slovenian crime novel. Prenner spoke Slovene, German, English, French, and Italian. Completing a doctorate in 1941, Prenner opened a law practice and earned a reputation for defending political prisoners and those accused of crimes against the state. Though he did not support the Yugoslav communist regime, Prenner acknowledged that after the communists took power, he was able to dress as he pleased. He made no efforts to hide his sexual orientation and had relationships with women. In public, he always used feminine language to refer to himself, but in private, his friends and family recognized him as a man. Prenner died of breast cancer in 1977 in Ljubljana, Socialist Republic of Slovenia, Yugoslavia. His memoirs, Moji spomini, begun in 1970, was published in 2007.

06-19-1951 – 05-15-2022 Jim Ferlo – Born in Rome, New York. He was the first openly gay Jim FerloPennsylvania State Senator. Ferlo came out on September 23, 2014. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 2003 to 2015. Following his retirement, he served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Ferlo died at the age of 70 of natural causes.



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