June 28th People

June 28th

06-28-1941 Donald Spoto – Born in New Rochelle, New York. He is an American biographer and theologian. Spoto is best Donald Spotoknown for his best-selling biographies of film and theatre celebrities. His biographies include: Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams, Ingrid Bergman, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Alan Bates. Spoto is openly gay and lives with his husband, Danish artist and school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen, near Copenhagen, Denmark.

06-28-1942 David Kopay – Born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a gay former NFL player – running back for the 49ers and the Washington Redskins. He played professional football from 1964 to 1972. He came out in 1975 and was one of the first professional David Kopayathletes to do so. In 1986, Kopay revealed his brief affair with Jerry Smith, who played for the Washington Redskins from 1965-1977, who died of AIDS without ever having publicly come out of the closet. Kopay was the Gay Games Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. In July 2006 he attended the Gay Games VII in Chicago and was a featured announcer in the opening ceremonies. Since Kopay, four additional former NFL Players have come out as gay.

06-28-1970 Mike White – Born in Pasadena, California. He is an American writer, director, actor, and producer for television and film. He was the winner of the Independent Spirit John Mike WhiteCassavetes Award for Chuck & Buck. White was the co-producer, executive producer, writer, director, and actor for the HBO series Enlightened. His father is Reverend Dr. Mel White, who is a former speechwriter and ghostwriter for Religious Right figures such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Mike White is openly bisexual. His father came out as gay in 1994. He and his father appeared on the fourteenth season of The Amazing Race.

06-28-1972 – Sumil Babu Pant – Born in Gaikhur, Nepal. He is Nepal’s first openly gay parliament member. He was nominated Sumil Babu Panton May 7th, 2014 for a Noble Peace Prize. He is the founder of the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s biggest organizations fighting for LGBT rights and is responsible for the 2007 Nepal Supreme Court ruling that directed the Nepal government to grant equal status to sexual minorities.

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