05-30-1926 – 05-03-1989 Christine Jorgensen – Born in The Bronx, New York City, New York. As an American transgender pioneer, she was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. She traveled to Europe and in Copenhagen, Denmark obtained special permission to undergo a series of operations starting in 1951. She returned to the U.S. in the early 1950s and her transformation was the subject of a New York Daily News front page story. She became an instant celebrity, using the platform to advocate for transgender people and became known for her directness and wit. She also worked as an actress and nightclub entertainer and recorded several songs. Jorgensen said in 1989, the year of her death, that she had given the sexual revolution a “ good swift kick in the pants.” She died of bladder and lung cancer four weeks short of her 63rd birthday.
05-30-1903 – 01-09-1946 Countee (pronounced Coun-tay) Cullen. Place of birth unknown. From the age of nine, he grew up in Harlem, New York. He was an American poet, author, and scholar who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Cullen entered Harvard in 1925, about the same time his first collections of poems, Color, was published. The book included two of his most famous poems, Heritage and Incident. His work celebrated black beauty and deplored the effects of racism. Also, his homosexuality was central to his work, although most African-American scholars ignore or suppress it. His attitude to his homosexuality was as mixed as his attitude to his blackness: simultaneously affirmative and condemnatory, celebratory and troubled. He wrote poems for his lovers and dedicated poems to his closest gay friends. In 1927, Cullen went to France and had a succession of French boyfriends. His love letters to them and their replies are held by Tulane University, New Orleans. From 1937 to 1945 he had a secret affair with economist and activist, Edward Atkinson. Those correspondences are held by Yale University. Cullen did marry twice, the first one lasted only six months.
05-30-1932 – 11-24-2016 Pauline Oliveros – Born in Houston, Texas. She was an out lesbian and an American avant-garde composer. Oliveros was a major figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. Oliveros was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s and served as its director. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1975 she met her lover, performance artist Linda Montano. Oliveros was the author of five books on music.
05-30-1950 Bertrand Delanoe – Born in Tunis, Tunisia. He is a French politician and the Mayor of Paris. One of the first major French politicians to announce that he was gay, during a 1998 television interview. This was before he was elected Mayor of Paris. Delanoe was virtually unknown before the election of 2001, but soon gained fame for organizing new and unusual events in Paris, such as the “Paris Beach” on the banks of the Seine every summer in order to give Parisians who could not take a regular vacation a chance to relax, sunbathe and build sandcastles in the center of Paris. The program, especially popular with families with children, has been in place since 2002 and has since been copied by many other international cities. As mayor, Delanoe’s goals were to improve the quality of life, reduce pollution, and cut down vehicle traffic within the city. He was reelected in 2008 for a six-year term (2008-2014).
05-30-1958 Ann Hampton Callaway – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She is a multiplatinum singer, composer, lyricist, pianist, and actress. She is best known for writing and singing the theme to the TV series The Nanny, writing songs for Barbara Streisand, and starring in the Broadway musical Swing! She has composed over 250 songs for television, Broadway, and off-Broadway. Her songs have been recorded not only by Barbara Streisand but also for Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstein, Blossom Dearie, Peter Nero, Karrin Allyson, Harvey Fierstein, and Carole King. The Cole Porter Estate officially recognized her as the only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, having sent her music to his posthumously discovered lyric, I Gaze in Your Eyes. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her wife, Kari Strand.
05-30-1960 Micah Barnes – Born in Vienna, Austria. He is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter. He has performed both as a solo artist and with the bands Loudboy and The Nylons. In 2003, he collaborated with the house music duo Thunderpuss on the hit dance track Welcome to My Head, which reached number one on the Billboard club charts. He is openly gay. He was the partner of dancer and actor René Highway, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1990.
05-30-1967 Allison Adler – Born in California (city unknown). American television producer and writer, she is best known as the co-creator of The New Normal. In 2011 Adler joined the writing team of Glee, joining six other writers. In 2015, she worked on Supergirl with co-creator Greg Berlanti. The show is based on Superman’s female cousin, Kara Zor-El, and is one of the many strong female shows currently being started by CBS. From 2002 to 2011, she was in a relationship with actress Sara Gilbert. Since 2013, Adler has been dating producer and writer Liz Brixius.
05-30-1988 Amanda Lourenço Nunes – Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She is a Brazilian mixed martial artist (full-contact combat sport) who currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Nunes is the UFC’s first Brazilian champion. She has been involved with UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, who competes in the strawweight division, for the past four years. In 2016, she received the Equality Visibility Award from Equality California.