06-25-1963 – 12-25-2016 George Michael (birth name Georgics Kyriacos Panaylotou) – Born in East Finchley, London. He was an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His father was a Greek Cypriot that moved to England in the 1950s. His mother was an English dancer. He was part of the 1980s pop duo Wham! In early 1987, he began his solo career with a duet with Aretha Franklin. As of 2010, Michale’s became one of the best-selling music artists, selling more than 100 million records worldwide. At the age of 19, Michael told Andrew Ridgeley and close friends that he was bisexual. In a 1999 interview with The Advocate, he told the Editor in Chief, Judy Wieder, that it was “falling in love with a man that ended his conflict about bisexuality. I never had a moral problem with being gay,” Michael told Wieder, “I thought I had fallen in love with a woman a couple of times. Then I fell in love with a man, and realized that none of those things had been love.” He died from heart failure on December 25, 2016.
06-25-1935 Larry Kramer – Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London, where he worked for United Artists. He wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film, Women in Love, and earned an Academy Award nomination. He founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which has become the world’s largest private organization assisting people living with AIDS. He wrote the play The Normal Heart. The play was made into a film released on HBO on May 25, 2014, to critical acclaim. In 1987, Kramer was the catalyst in the founding of ACT UP. Immunologist Anthony Fauci states “ACT UP put medical treatment in the hands of the patients. And that is the way it ought to be…There is no question in my mind that Larry helped change medicine in this country. And he helped change it for the better.
06-25-1956 – 06-08-2018 Anthony Bourdain – Born in New York City, New York. He was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality. His show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, Bourdain won the Peabody Award. Bourdain was a known straight ally to the LGBT community. In 2014, he participated in an HRC campaign to support marriage equality. “What sensible person could be against that?” he said. “The desire to love and to be responsible to another person, to commit to another human being. These are virtues.” On June 8, 2018, he was found dead of an apparent suicide.
06-25-1963 John Benjamin Hickey – Born in Plano, Texas. He is an American actor with a career in stage, film, and television. He won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in the play The Normal Heart. From 2010 to 2013, he starred on The Big C and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. As of 2014, Hickey stars as Frank Winter on the series Manhattan. He is openly gay.
06-25-1979 La La Anthony (Alani Nicole Anthony) – Born in Brooklyn, New York. Straight ally. She is an American radio and television personality, New York Times best-selling author, businesswoman, and actress. La La came to prominence in the early 2000s as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live. She is married to basketball player Carmelo Anthony. The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La’s Full Court Wedding. The couple’s life together is chronicled on their continuation series, La La’s Full Court Life. She is a supporter of LGBT rights. Her cousin Dice and best friend Po are both longtime friends of hers and are out lesbian stars on her reality TV show. In 2012, she appeared alongside Russell Simmons to present the GLADD Media Award for “Outstanding Film-Limited Release” to Pariah.
06-25-1992 Bianca Sierra – Born in Mountain View, California. She is a Mexican-American professional soccer player. In 2013, she was selected to be a member of the Mexico women’s national football team. In 2016, Sierra confirmed she was in a relationship with fellow teammate Stephany Mayor. She and Mayor are the first openly gay professional athletes in Mexico’s to come out publicly. The couple moved to Akureyri, Iceland where they feel accepted. “From the beginning,” Sierra said, “we felt that they valued our work here — they valued us as soccer players. without prejudice.” In Mexico, their coach had ordered them to hide their relationship. When they did come out, they were subjected to vicious online harassment. Sierra stated: “What I was surprised by the most is that all the bad comments were in Spanish. In English, they were all positive.