October 19th People

October 19th

10-19-1932 – 05-12-1992 Robert Reed – Born in Highland Park, Illinois. He was an American stage, film and television actor, and television director. From 1961 to 1965, he was on the popular drama series, The Defenders. He is best known as the father, Mike Brady on robert-reedThe Brady Bunch, which aired from 1969 to 1974. In 1964, Reed made his Broadway stage debut as Paul Bratter in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, replacing Robert Redford. Shortly before his death, Reed appeared in the touring production of Love Letters and taught classes on Shakespeare at UCLA. Reed was gay but kept this fact private, fearing it would damage his career. He did marry in 1954, the couple had one child and divorced in 1959. After his death, Reed’s Brady Bunch co-stars, Barry Williams, and Florence Henderson, publicly acknowledged Reed’s sexual orientation. They said that most of the cast and crew knew he was gay but never discussed it with him. Reed’s death certificate was made public revealing that he was HIV positive. While Reed did not have AIDS at the time of his death, his doctor listed his HIV-positive status as a “significant condition that contributed to death” of colon cancer on the death certificate.

10-19-1945 – 03-07-1988 Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) – Born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an American actor, divinedisco singer, and drag queen. People magazine described him as the “Drag Queen of the Century.” He starred in John Waters’ films Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Lust In The Dust, and Hairspray among many other cult films. Divine was openly gay. He died as a result of an enlarged heart at the age of 42.

10-19-1954 Andy Humm – Place of birth unknown. He is a journalist, activist and current co-host of TV news andy-hummprogram Gay USA. As a gay news reporter, Humm has covered every major gay and AIDS news story since the 1980s. He began writing regularly for the gay press in the 1970s and 1980s when he worked for New York City News. His activism began when he became the President of the Gay Student Union at the University of Virginia in 1974. His work in the LGBT and AIDS Communities has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign, New York University, Parents and Friends for Lesbian and Gay Rights, and many other organizations.

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