10-06-1906 – 09-14-1984 Janet Gaynor – Born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was an American film, stage, and television actress, and painter. In 1929 Gaynor became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films: 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928). William Mann’s meticulously researched book Behind the Screen: How Gay and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood 1910-1969, says that Gaynor was a lesbian, seriously involved with at least two other stars, Margaret Livingston and, most significantly, Mary Martin. She died at the age of 77, due largely to the aftermath of a traffic accident in San Francisco earlier. In the accident, a driver named Robert Cato ran a red light at the corner of California St. and Franklin and crashed into her Luxor taxicab. The violent crash killed Mary Martin’s manager Ben Washer and injured the other passengers, including Gaynor’s husband Paul Gregory, as well as Mary Martin. Actor Bob Cummings said, ” Janet Gaynor’s husband was Adrian (who was gay), but her wife was Mary Martin.”
10-06-1941 – 05-07-1987 Paul Graham Popham – Born in Emmett, Idaho. He was an American gay rights activist and founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, serving as president from 1981 to 1985. Popham also helped found the AIDS Action Council, a lobbying group in Washington D.C. The character of Bruce Niles in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart is based on Popham. During the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor in 1966. He was diagnosed with AIDS in February 1985. On his death bed, Popham repeated to Kramer on the phone, “keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting.” He was survived by his mother, brother, two sisters, and his longtime partner Richard DuLong.
10-06-1955 Ellen Kushner – Born in Washington, D.C. She is an American writer of fantasy novels. Between 1996 and 2010, she hosted the radio program Sound & Spirit that was distributed by Public Radio International. She lives in New York City with her wife, and sometime collaborator, Delia Sherman. They were legally married in Boston in 2004.
10-06-1983 Sunette Stella Viljoen – Born in Rustenburg, South Africa. She is a South African athlete that has represented her country in both cricket and javelin thrower. She won the silver medal in the women’s javelin at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and was one of 49 out LGBT athletes to participate in the games.
10-06-1986 Nic Harris – Born in Alexandria, Louisiana. He is an American NFL linebacker. As of March 2014, he signed with the Vila Velha Tritões, of Brazil. He is a straight supporter of LGBT rights and posed for the NOH8 Campaign, which raised awareness and funds for gay right causes, including ending California’s 2008 voter-approved ban, Proposition 8.