10-05-1972 Thomas Roberts – He grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Towson, Maryland. He is an American news anchor and reporter. Since April 2010, he has been a news anchor for MSNBC and currently anchors MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts. He’s also an NBC News correspondent and is a fill-in news anchor on Today. Roberts publicly acknowledged he was gay while speaking at the annual convention of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association on September 8, 2006. He has been in a relationship with Patrick D. Abner since 2000. On June 25, 2011, one day after same-sex marriage in New York was legalized, Roberts announced his engagement to Abner on his Twitter page. The couple married on September 29, 2012.
10-05-1840 – 04-19-1893 John Addington Symonds – Born in Bristol, England. He was an English poet and literary critic. Although he was married and had a family, he was an early advocate of male love. A cultural historian, he was known for his work on the Renaissance, as well as numerous biographies about writers and artists. He also wrote poetry inspired by his homosexual affairs. Symonds’ memoirs, written over a four-year period, from 1889 to 1893, is the earliest known homosexual autobiography.
10-05-1885 – 09-20-1960 Ida Rubinstein – Born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire. She was a Russian ballerina, actress, patron, and Belle Époque figure. She danced with Nijinsky in the production of Scheherazade in 1910. Bisexual, in 1911, Rubinstein began a three-year affair with painter Romaine Brooks. Brooks used Rubinstein as the nude model for her painting, Venus.
10-05-1939 Marie-Claire Blais – Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. She is a Canadian writer, novelist, poet, and playwright. In 1963, Blais moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, she met her life-partner, American artist Mary Meigs. In 1975, the couple moved back to Quebec, living in Montreal until the death of Meigs in 2002. In 1972 Blais became a Companion of the Order of Canada (the highest honor for merit). Her works La Belle Bête (1959), Une Saison la vie d’Emmanuel (1965), and Le Sourd Dans la Ville (1979) have been adapted to film. She now divides her time between Montreal, Canada and Key West, Florida.
10-05-1949 Peter Ackroyd – Born in East Acton, London, England. He is an English biographer, novelist, and critic. He is known for his novels about English history and culture. He has also written biographies on Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, and Sir Thomas More. Ackroyd has won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. He had a long-term relationship with Brian Kuhn, an American dancer he met while at Yale. Brian Kuhn died of AIDS in 1994. In a 2004 interview, Ackroyd said that he had not been in a relationship since Kuhn’s death and was “very happy being celibate.”
10-05-1952 Clive Barker – Born in Liverpool, England. He is an English author, film director, video game designer, and visual artist, best known for his work in fantasy and horror fiction. He was Executive Producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2003 he received The Davidson/Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards. Since the early 1960s, he has been out as gay.