June 20th People

June 20th

06-20-1929 – 09-12-2017 Edie Windsor – Born in the poor part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three children. Her parents were immigrants Edie Windsorfrom Russia. She shared a 44-year relationship with Thea Spyer. They were married in 2009 in Toronto, Canada. Thea Spyer died of multiple sclerosis. After Thea died, Edie filed a lawsuit against the federal government for refusing to recognize their marriage. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of DOMA. She won her case on June 26, 2013, when the Supreme Court overturned DOMA as being unconstitutional. She was represented by lawyer Roberta Kapland. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement premiered in edie-windsor-wife2009, four months after Spyer passed away, at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival. Well worth seeing. On September 26, 2016, Windsor married Judith Kasen at New York City Hall. At the time of the wedding, Windsor was 87 and Kasen was 51. Karen is a longtime community activist and a vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors. The couple lived in New York’s Greenwich Village. Edie Windsor died on September 12, 2017.

 

06-20-1955 – 07-23-2009 E. Lynn Harris – Born in Flint, Michigan. Openly gay, he was best known for his depictions of African-American men who were on the down-low and closeted. He wrote ten consecutive books that reached The New York Times Best Seller list, making him among the most successful African-American or gay authors of his era. He died of heart disease on July 23, 2009, while in Los Angeles for a business meeting.

 

06-20-1969 Peter Paige – Born in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Best known Peter Paigefor his role as Emmett Honeycutt in Queer As Folk (American version). His television credits include Will & Grace, Time of Your Life, Girlfriends, Grey’s Anatomy, The Closer, and Without a Trace. He is married to Richard Young.

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