10-08-1926 – 08-30-2017 Louise Hay – Born in Los Angeles, California. She was an American motivational author, speaker, and the founder of Hay House. In 1984, her book, You Can Heal Your Life, was published. Around that same time, she began to lead support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS, which she called “Hay Rides.” The group started with six young men in her living room. Hay said, “I didn’t know exactly what we were going to do, but I knew what we were not going to do: Play “Ain’t It Awful!” We were going to take a positive approach and we would see what would happen. So we talked, we sang, we did a meditation, and then they went home.” The group grew so large (almost 800 people), that the City of West Hollywood gave her space to meet every Wednesday. “At the end of the evening, everyone would get a hug,” said Hay, “this sounds normal now, but at that time, people were afraid to touch anyone who had AIDS.” In 1988, as her fame grew from her work with AIDS patients, she was invited to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Phil Donahue Show. Her book, You Can Heal Your Life landed on the New York Times best-seller list. Hay believed in reincarnation and stated, “I believe that each lifetime before we are born we choose our country, our color, our sexuality, and the perfect set of parents to match the patterns we have chosen to work on in this lifetime. Each lifetime I seem to choose a different sexuality. Sometimes I am a man, sometimes a woman. Sometimes I am heterosexual, sometimes I am homosexual. Each form of sexuality has its own areas of fulfillment and challenges. Sometimes society approves of my sexuality, and sometimes it does not. Yet at all times, I am me-perfect, whole and complete. My soul has no sexuality. It is only my personality that has sexuality. I love and cherish every part of my body. I am at peace with my sexuality.”
10-08-1958 Urvashi Vaid – Born in New Delhi, India. She is an Indian-American LGBT civil rights activist. Her book Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation (1995), won a Stonewall Book Award in 1996. In April 2009 Out magazine named her one of the 50 most influential LGBT people in the United States. She is the spouse of comedian Kate Clinton.
10-08-1826 – 09-07-1910 Emily Blackwell – Born in Bristol, England. She was the second woman to earn a medical degree at what is now Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio, and the third woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. In 1832, her family immigrated to the US, and in 1837 settled near Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1857, she, her sister, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Marie Zakrzewska established the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. Emily convinced the Albany legislature to provide hospital funds that would ensure long-term financial stability. She turned a sixteen-room house into a fully functional hospital. By 1874 the infirmary served over 7,000 patients annually. During the Civil War, Blackwell helped to train nurses for service in the war. Both Blackwell sisters and Mary Livermore played an important role in developing the United States Sanitary Commission. After the war, in 1868 the Blackwell sisters established the Women’s Medical College in New York City. From 1883, Emily lived with her partner Elizabeth Cushier, also a doctor. At the turn of the century, the couple retired and traveled abroad for eighteen months. They then spent the winter at their home in Montclair, New Jersey and summers in Maine. Emily died in 1910, a few months after her sister Elizabeth. Cushier said regarding the death of her lover, it made “an irreparable break in my life.”
10-08-1979 Kristanna Loken – Born in Ghent, New York. She is an American actress and model. Loken is best known for her roles in the films Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), BloodRayne (2005) and Bounty Killer (2013) and on the TV series Painkiller Jane (2007), The L Word (2007-2008) and Burn Notice (2011-2012). She stated in an interview with Curve magazine: “I have dated and have had sex with men and women, and have to say that the relationships I have had with certain women have been much more fulfilling, sexually and emotionally, than of those with certain men…” On May 10, 2008, she married actor Noah Danby. In an interview published on November 16, 2009, she announced that she had separated from Danby and was dating a woman.
10-08-1997 Bella Thorne (Annabella) – Born in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is an American actress and singer. Thorne was in the TV series My Own Worst Enemy, Big Love and on the Disney Channel Shake It Up. In 2015, she played Madison in The Duff and Amanda in Perfect High. She is an avid supporter of the Humane Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On August 23, 2016, she came out as bisexual on Twitter.