October 13th People

October 13th

10-13-1925 – 08-03-1966   Lenny Bruce (b. Leonard Alfred Schneider) – Born in Mineola, New York. Bruce was one of the first outspoken allies of the LGBT community. He was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist. He is best known for his free-style and vulgar comedy on politics, religion, and sex. He was arrested several times for obscenity. His most famous arrest was when he defended the civil rights of a gay school teacher, who was fired for his sexual orientation. He was in the Navy during WWII and in May 1945, after a performance for his shipmates in which he dressed in drag, he ended up getting a dishonorable discharge. Since he had not admitted to or been found guilty of any breach of naval regulations, his discharge was changed to honorable by reason of unsuitability for the naval service. Bruce was addicted to drugs and in 1966 was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home. The cause of death was “acute morphine poisoning caused by an overdose.”

 

10-13-1944   Charlotte Bunch – Born in West Jefferson, North Carolina. She is an American feminist author and organizer in women’s rights and human rights movements. She is currently the founding director and senior scholar at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is also a distinguished professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers. In October 1996, Bunch was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In December 1999 she was selected by President Clinton as a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. Bunch is openly lesbian. 

 

10-13-1965 Michael Bastian – Born in Lyons, New York. He is an American fashion designer known for his namesake label and his work for brands such as GANT. In 2011, he received the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award. He is a big supporter of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis organization, the first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy. Bastian is out. He was on Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).

10-13-1981 Kele Okereke – Born in Liverpool, England to Roman-Catholic Igbo Nigerian parents. A British musician, he is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitar player with the band Bloc Party. In March 2010, Okereke came out as gay in a BUTT magazine article. He then gave an interview and appeared on the front cover of the June 2010 issue of Attitude magazine. He also discussed the homoerotic story behind the Bloc Party song, “I Still Remember” and the semi-autographical nature of it. In June 2010 he was named the Sexiest Out Gay Male Artist by music website LP33 in its annual survey. Okereke launched his solo career in June 2010 and in 2014 released his second solo album, Trick.

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