10-10-1967 Gavin Newsom – Born in San Francisco, California. He is an American politician and is the 49th and current lieutenant governor of California after being elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In 2004, he gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of the current state law. It brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage and gay rights. During the 2008 election, he was a prominent and vocal opponent of Prop. 8 in California. Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel, rode in the 2008 San Francisco Gay Pride parade.
10-10-1881 – 04-08-1975 Alice Morgan Wright – Born in Albany, New York. She was an American sculptor, suffragist, and animal rights activist. Wright was one of the first American artists to incorporate Cubism and Futurism in her work. In 1920, she and her life-partner, Edith J. Goode, founded the National Humane Society, later renamed the Humane Society of the United States. In 1921, Wright helped to create the League of Women Voters of New York State. As they aged, Wright and Goode both took steps to continue their commitment to animal welfare through the creation of endowed trusts. Goode died in 1970. In order to make plain her commitment, Wright, who died at age 95, included in her will the following statement concerning cruelty to domestic and wild animals, “to befriend all Earth’s creatures on land, in the sea and in the air; to defend them against the ravages by mankind and inspire in human beings compassion for all.”
10-10-1910 – 08-28-1989 Joseph Alsop – Born in Avon, Connecticut. He was an American journalist and syndicated newspaper columnist from the 1930s through the 1970s. His influential journalism and status as a top insider in Washington was prominent from 1945 to the late 1960s. Alsop kept his homosexuality a closely guarded secret all of his life. In 1961 he married Susan Mary Jay Patten, a descendent of John Jay and the widow of William Patten, an American diplomat. The couple divorced in 1978. Early in 1957, the KGB photographed him in a hotel room in Moscow having sex a male Soviet agent. He rebuffed the Soviet’s attempts at blackmail, instead writing “a detailed account of the incident and a relevant narrative history of his sex life.” It has been described as “brimming with revelation about Alsop’s sex life on several continents,” including a report that one of his lovers was Arthur H. Vandenberg, Jr., who resigned as Dwight Eisenhower’s appointments secretary in 1953. In the 1970s, the Soviets sent Alsop’s embarrassing photos to several prominent American journalists without adverse consequences. Alsop considered making his homosexuality public to end the harassment but ultimately did not.
10-10-1962 Jennifer L. Veiga – Born in Long Beach, California. She is a former member of the Colorado Senate from the 31st district. A lesbian, she came out publicly in August 2002 and is the first ever out gay person to serve in the Colorado legislature. As a representative and then as a senator, Veiga introduced every year to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, at first with little success. In 2007 the bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter. She announced on April 7, 2009 that she would be resigning her seat to move to Australia where her partner’s mother was ill.
10-10-1966 Bai Ling – Born in Chengdu, China. She is a Chinese-born American actress known for her work in films such as The Crow, Red Corner, Wild Wild West, Anna and the King and Southland Tales, as well as TV shows including Entourage and Lost. She became an American citizen in 1999. Ling describes herself as being bisexual.
10-10-1986 Stephanie Labbé – Born in Edmonton, Canada. She is a Canadian soccer goalkeeper who plays internationally for the Canada women’s national soccer team, and with the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. Labbé was named as the starting goalkeeper for Canada in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is an out lesbian.