March 1st People

March 1st

03-01-1893 – 05-09-1968 Mercedes de Acosta – Born in New York City, New York. She was an American poet, novelist, and playwright. Four of de Acosta’s plays were produced. She also published a novel and three volumes of poetry. De Acosta is known for her many lesbian affairs with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities, and numerous friendships with prominent artists of the period. She never hid her sexuality, which was rare for her generation. In 1916 she began an affair with actress Alla Nazimova and later with dancer Isadora Duncan. She had a five-year relationship with actress Eva Le Gallienne. Over the next decades she was involved with several famous actresses and dancers, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ona Munson, and Russian ballerina Tamara Platonovna Karsavina. She was rumored to have affairs with Pola Negri, Eleonora Duse, Katharine Cornell, and Alice B. Toklas. She was an advocate for women’s rights. She also became a vegetarian and refused to wear furs. When asked about religion, de Acosta said if she had to be anything, she would be a Buddhist. She was raised Catholic.


03-01-1899 – 08-10-1958 Oliver Baldwin, 2nd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley – Born in Astley Hall, Malvern Hills District, United Kingdom. He was a Liberal politician. Baldwin was openly gay and was supported by his family but publicly he was closeted. Baldwin had a long term relationship with John Boyle, described as a “charming ne’er-do-well” in The New Statesman. He served in the House of Commons until he became the Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. He then was forced to leave the Commons and take his seat in the House of Lords. Homosexuality was still illegal and later in 1947, presumably to give him a dignified exit from politics, he was appointed Governor of the Leeward Islands (a group of islands in the West Indies). He created a minor scandal by taking John Boyle with him.


03-01-1963 Bryan Batt – Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an American actor best known for his role in the AMC series Mad Men. Primarily a theater actor, he has had a number of roles in movies and television as well. In 2005, Batt told Playbill that he used to worry about the effect of coming out had on his career: “When I played the lead in Sunset Blvd., the movie Jeffrey, where I played a gay role, [I] was coming out, and I was petrified. Back then, every agent told you that if you want to play a straight role, you don’t come out. This was before Ellen [DeGeneres] came out. But now I couldn’t give a rat’s ass. It’s normal to be gay.” Batt lives with his partner, Tom Cianfichi, an event planner. They have been together more than 21 years.


03-01-1966 Don Lemon – Born in Baron Rouge, Louisiana. He is a CNN reporter and news anchor, best known as the host of the prime-time CNN Newsroom, based in New York. He currently is the co-host of CNN Tonight. In his memoir, Transparent, Lemon came out as gay and discusses colorism, (term coined by Alice Walker in 1982 based on skin color alone), in the black community, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. It was not until he was thirty that he told his mother of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.


03-01-1971 Thomas Adès – Born in London. England. He is a British composer, pianist, and conductor. In 2006, he entered a civil partnership with Israeli filmmaker, Tal Rosner. Their civil union was later terminated. He was made Britten Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2010, he was appointed foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. On October 8, 2015, Adès was elected into the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Music Theatre. He is openly gay.


03-01-1987 Kesha (born Kesha Rose Sebert) – Born in Los Angeles, California. She is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. Her debut album, Animal, in 2010 became the number one album in the United States. Her single, Tik Tok, is among the best selling digital singles in history, selling over 14 million internationally. As of November 2013, she has sold over 33 million records (albums, tracks and ringtones) in the United States and 60 million records worldwide. She considers herself primarily a songwriter and has written for other artists, including Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Kesha was named the first global ambassador for animal rights by the Humane Society of the United States. In 2013, she talked about her sexual orientation with Seventeen magazine, saying, “I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about gender.” In 2010, she made a similar statement to Out magazine. She is bisexual.

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