September 12th People

September 12th

09-12-1885- 11-04-1976 Edith Shackleton Heald – Born in Manchester, England. She was a bisexual British journalist and the last mistress of the poet W.B. Yeats from 1937 until his death in 1939. From 1944 until her death in 1976, she lived with openly lesbian artist Gluck. Yeats called her “the best paid woman journalist of her time” and novelist Arnold Bennet called her the “most brilliant reviewer” in London.



09-12-1946 Minnie Bruce Pratt – Born in Selma, Alabama. She is an American educator, activist and essayist. Pratt is a Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University in Minnie Bruce PrattSyracuse, New York. She was invited to help develop the university’s first Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Study Program. She is the widow of author and activist Leslie Feinberg, who died in November 2014. She has two sons from a prior marriage which ended in divorce in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1975. She lost custody of her children because the state criminalized homosexual activity at the time.

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