06-02-1951 – 03-31-2017 Gilbert Baker – Born in Chanute, Kansas. Baker was an openly gay artist and civil rights activist who in 1978 designed and made the Rainbow Flag, sometimes called the Gay Pride Flag, LGBT Pride Flag, or, since the 1990s. Queer Flag. It’s used as a symbol of pride in LGBT rights marches and in Pride Parades around the world. Baker served in the US Army from 1970 to 1972. He was stationed in San Francisco at the beginning of the gay rights movement. After his honorable discharge from the military, he taught himself to sew. He used his skill to create banners for gay-rights and anti-war protest marches. It was during this time that he met and became friends with Harvey Milk. The colors on the Rainbow Flag reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. When he raised the first Rainbow Flag at San Francisco Pride on June 25, 1978, it had eight colors, each with a symbolic meaning: Hot Pink: sexuality, Red: life, Orange: healing, Yellow: sunlight, Green: nature, Turquoise: magic/art, Blue: serenity/harmony, and Violet: spirit. As of 2008, the most common flag consists of six stripes, with the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Baker refers to this version of the flag as the “commercial version”. It came about due to practical considerations of mass production. Baker recreated his original Rainbow Flag for the Academy-award winning 2008 film Milk and is shown being interviewed on one of the featurettes of the DVD release.
06-02-1966 Candace Gingrich – Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and half-sister of the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. She is an American LGBT rights activist at the Human Rights Campaign. She first gained significant press attention in 1995 as a spokesperson for gay rights. She served as the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project Spokesperson and was named one of Esquire’s “Women We Love” and “Women of the Year” for Ms. magazine. Currently, she is the Senior Manager of the Human Rights Campaign’s Youth & Campus Outreach, as well as the HRC’s University Internship Program coordinator. In 1996, her autobiography, Accidental Activist: A Personal and Political Memoir was released. In 2017, Gingrich married Kelly Cassidy, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.
06-02-1924 – 04-14-2007 June Callwood – Born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. She was a Canadian journalist, author, and social activist. Known as “Canada’s Conscience”, her career was marked by a strong concern for social justice, especially on issues affecting children and women. She is responsible for founding or co-founding 50 Canadian social organizations. In 1988, she founded Casey House, the first hospice in the world to provide support and care for people with HIV/AIDS. In a 2005 lecture at the University of Toronto, she stated, “I am missing a formal religion, but I am not without a theology, and my theology is that kindness is a divinity in motion.”
06-02-1943 – 06-10-1993 Crawford Barton – Born in Georgia (place unknown). He was an American photographer best known for documenting gay life in San Francisco from the late 1960s into the 1980s. By the 1970s he was the leading photographer of the “golden age of gay awakening” in San Francisco. He stated, “I tried to serve as a chronicler, as a watcher of beautiful people — to feedback an image of a positive, likable lifestyle — to offer pleasure as well as pride.” By the 1980s, this period was over. San Francisco and the gay community were devastated by the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Barton’s lover of 22 years, Larry Lara, died of complication from AIDS and in 1993, Barton died of the same disease.
06-02-1740 – 12-02-1814 Marquis de Sade – Born in Paris, France, he was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. He is best known for his erotic works which combined philosophical discourse with sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy against the Catholic Church. He was a proponent of extreme freedom, unrestrained morality, religion or law. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name. Sade lived a scandalous libertine existence and repeatedly procured young prostitutes as well as employees of both sexes in his castle in Lacoste. He was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life. Many of his works were written in prison.
06-02-1941 Virginia “Ginny” Foat – Born in Brooklyn, New York. She is an American politician and feminist. In 1977, Foat was arrested after her former husband Sidote named her as an accomplice in a Nevada murder and the 1965murder of New Orleans tourist Moises Chayo. She was released after three months when Sidote refused to testify against her in the Nevada case. Foat campaigned for the national vice presidency of NOW in 1982, but NOW member Shelly Mandell alerted Louisiana authorities of Foat’s identity, and she was arrested and put on trial in Gretna, Louisiana for the 1965 murder in New Orleans. She was acquitted, but the incident affected her political ambitions. Foat wrote an autobiography and worked for several political causes throughout the 1980s and 1990s. During that time she came out as a lesbian. She is serving as a city councilmember in Palm Springs, California and has been since 2003. She is involved with equality and social causes.
06-02-1950 Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes – Born in Bath, New Brunswick, Quebec, Canada to a Baptist family. Since 1977, Hawkes has served as Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, a church openly affirming for LGBT parishioners. Hawkes has served on the advisory committee of PrideVision TV. In addition to his advocacy work on LGBT issues, he supported anti-racist initiatives, drawn attention to poverty and poor housing, and advocated the ordination of female priests. Hawkes lives in Toronto with John Sproule, his partner of more than thirty years. they married on March 7, 2006.
06-02-1955 Nickie J. Antonio – Place of birth unknown. She is an American politician from Lakewood, Ohio. A Democrat, she serves on the Ohio House of Representatives representing the 13th district. A former member of Lakewood City Council, she was elected to the legislature in 2010 and took office on January 3, 2011, and re-elected in the 2012 General election receiving 75% of the vote. She is pro-choice and has fought against numerous anti-reproductive choice initiatives. Antonio is a lesbian; her partner is Jean Kosmac. They have two daughters. She is the first openly gay person to have served in the Ohio General Assembly.
06-02-1968 Andy Cohen – Born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an American talk show and radio host, author, and producer. Cohen hosts the Bravo nightly series Watch What Happens: Live and is the author of a memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. He is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.
06-02-1972 Wentworth Miller III – Born in Chipping, Norton, Oxfordshire, England to American parents. His father, a Rhodes Scholar, was studying at Oxford at the time of Miller’s birth. His mother is a special education teacher. Miller is of multiethnic origin: his father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish, and Cherokee background, and his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, Lebanese, and Swedish ancestry. His family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York when he was a year old. Miller holds dual British and US citizenship. He is an actor, model, screenwriter, and producer. He rose to stardom in the Fox series Prison Break for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor in a leading role. He made his screenwriting debut with the 2013 thriller film Stoker. Miller is a recurring villain in The Flash. He came out as gay in August 2013, when he posted a letter on GLADD’s website dealing as an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt “deeply troubled” by the Russian government’s treatment of its gay citizens.
06-02-1977 Zachary Quinto – Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an American actor and producer. Quinto rose to prominence for his role as series antagonist Sylar in the science fiction drama Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He is also known for his portrayal of Spock in the 2009 Star Trek and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. He publicly came out as gay in October 2011. He explained that, after the suicide of gay teenager Jamey Rodemeyer, he realized “that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.” Since 2013, Quinto has been dating model and artist Miles McMillan. In early 2015, he said that he and his partner were moving into an apartment they purchased together.