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  Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20  
 
  Transgender SymbolThe Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed every year since its inception in 1998. For information about events planned for the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, 2014, please visit the International Day of Remembrance website.  
 
 
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Mike Michaud Mike Michaud
Michael H. “Mike” Michaud (b. 1955), who has served in both houses of the Maine legislature as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives, came out publicly in 2013 during his campaign for the governorship of Maine.
 
 
Spotlight Latina/Latino American Art and Literature
 
  Latina/Latino Americans Latina/o glbtq Communities in the U.S. pursue multiple visions, diverse politics, and a variety of struggles for identity and liberation. Their efforts have helped shape the meaning of what it means to be queer and Latina and Latino in the U.S. and transnationally, and have produced a variety of cultural expressions.  
 
 
  Gloria Anzaldua Editor and writer Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) co-edited This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which was published in 1981. It was the first collective, systematic, and widely publicized work to feature the voices of feminists of color in the United States.  
 
 
  Cuban-born American artist Félix González-Torres (1957-1996) shaped an art that was at once personal and political, reflecting his AIDS and gay rights activism.  
 
 
  Latina/Latino Lesbian and Gay Artists often confront, with a peculiarly personal urgency, the crucial issues of gender, sexuality, and acceptance that have obsessed American culture generally in the past several decades.  
 
 
  Latina Lesbian Literature is a fast-growing, vibrant, and diverse literary tradition that offers readers innovative models for creating alliances among diverse peoples.  
 
 
  Latino Gay Literature includes novels, poetry, drama, and essays that deal directly with gay themes, but the cultural forces of machismo and Roman Catholicism have slowed the development of a Latino gay identity.  
 
 
  Jaime Manrique (b. 1949) is a Colombian-born writer who came to international attention in 1992 with the publication of Latin Moon in Manhattan. The novel paints a vivid picture of a gay man's life and identities in New York City's Colombian community.  
 
 
  Cherrie Moraga Cherríe Moraga (b. 1952) is a Chicana lesbian writer and editor who sees women of color as revolutionary forces who bridge cultural divides. Moraga criticizes male-identified Chicano culture for silencing Chicanas; she has also participated in a successful movement to encourage the acceptance of writers of color as significant contributors to American lesbian literature.  
 
 
  Michael Nava Michael Nava (b. 1954) is best known for his seven-novel mystery series featuring gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios. He has enjoyed increasing recognition as an important novelist whose mature work transcends the limited expectations of the popular and highly specialized Mystery genre.  
 
 
  Sheila Ortiz-Taylor Sheila Ortiz-Taylor (b. 1939) is a prolific writer and respected teacher. Experts consider Faultline (1982), her debut novel, the first to feature a lesbian Chicana protagonist.  
 
 
  John Rechy John Rechy (b. 1934) draws on his own experience as a hustler in City of Night (1963), Numbers (1967), and several other novels. Though he derides the designation "gay writer" and has written several novels unrelated to gay life, he will most likely be remembered as a brutal and lyrical chronicler of the pre-Stonewall sexual underworld.  
 
 
  Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944) is a Mexican-American essayist and memoirist who may be the most widely read Latino American author. His description of himself as a "morose homosexual" rather than a gay one and his criticism of affirmative action and bilingual education reflect his frequently controversial indifference to political correctness.  
 
 
  Alex Sanchez Alex Sanchez (b. 1957) is a youth and family counselor and an immigrant from Mexico. His unique background has helped make him an important voice in today's Young Adult glbtq Literature canon. Though his work has achieved critical acclaim, several conservative groups have tried to prevent the young people for whom it is written from seeing it. Some have succeeded.  
 
 
  Jose Sarria Josè Sarria (1922-2013) was a San Francisco singer, drag performer, and activist who exemplified gay pride before the phrase was invented. Perhaps best known as the first openly gay candidate for political office, he also founded the International Court System and presided over the expansion of drag culture into a vast network of charity balls and extravaganzas.  
 
 
notable birthdays this week
October 26
 
Keith Strickland
MEMBER OF THE ROCK BAND THE B-52S, 1953
Adam Mars-Jones
BRITISH AUTHOR OF SHORT STORIES AND LONGER FICTION ON GAY THEMES, 1954
 
October 27
 
Katherine Bradley
HALF OF A LESBIAN COUPLE WHO WROTE PLAYS AND POEMS UNDER THE PSEUDONYM MICHAEL FIELD, 1846
June Arnold
PIONEER LESBIAN AND FEMINIST NOVELIST AND PUBLISHER, 1926
 
Patty Sheehan Patty Sheehan
CHAMPION PROFESSIONAL GOLFER, 1956
 
October 28
 
Anna Elizabeth Klumpke Anna Elizabeth Klumpke
ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST WHO WAS THE LAST LOVER OF ROSA BONHEUR, 1856
Evelyn<BR> Waugh Evelyn
Waugh

NOVELIST WHO TREATED HOMOSEXUALS BOTH NOSTALGICALLY AND CONTEMPTUOUSLY, 1903
 
Francis Bacon
ARTIST WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS BRITAIN'S MOST IMPORTANT 20TH-CENTURY PAINTER, 1909
 
October 30
 
Louise Abbéma Louise Abbéma
ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WOMEN ARTISTS OF HER DAY, 1858
Néstor Almendros
ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING CINEMATOGRAPHER, 1930
 
October 31
 
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
AUTHOR OF SHORT STORIES CHARACTERIZED BY PASSIONATE DEVOTION BETWEEN WOMEN, 1852
Natalie Clifford Barney Natalie Clifford Barney
POET, MEMOIRIST, EPIGRAMMATIST, AND INSPIRATION FOR OTHER WRITERS, 1876
 
Marie Laurençin Marie Laurençin
FRENCH PAINTER, PORTRAIT ARTIST, AND SET DESIGNER, 1883
Clara Estelle Sipprell Clara Estelle Sipprell
AMERICAN PRACTITIONER OF PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, 1885
 
Ethel Waters Ethel Waters
SINGER AND ACTRESS WHO BROUGHT DEPTH TO FAT MAMMY ROLES, 1896
David Ogden Stiers
TELEVISION, FILM, AND STAGE ACTOR, 1942
 
November 1
 
Benvenuto Cellini Benvenuto Cellini
SCULPTOR, GOLDSMITH, MEMOIRIST AND FLAMBOYANT PEDERAST, 1500
Hannah Höch Hannah Höch
GERMAN BISEXUAL ARTIST KNOWN FOR HER PHOTOMONTAGES, 1889
 
Tom Waddell Tom Waddell
OLYMPIC DECATHLETE AND FOUNDER OF THE GAY GAMES, 1937
Robert Hattoy
ACTIVIST FOR GLBTQ RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES, 1950
 
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This feature lists people about whom glbtq.com has both entries and complete birth dates. Each person listed has made a significant contribution to or had a significant impact on glbtq culture or history. Most are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, though some are either heterosexual or cannot be adequately characterized using any of these labels.
 
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In an op-ed published on October 30, 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the open secret of his homosexuality, declaring "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

The notoriously private businessman said that he was motivated to come out publicly in the pages of BloombergBusinessWeek because he hoped that doing so would help others, particularly those who do not enjoy "the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people's differences. Not everyone is so lucky."

Icenogle and Hayes.

On October 28, 2014, actor Sean Hayes and music producer and composer Scott Icenogle confirmed through a representative that they are engaged to be married. Hayes and Icenogle have been a couple for eight years and apparently engaged for some time, the representative told People magazine after rumors of the engagement began swirling following Hayes's appearance on CBS's "The Talk" wearing a wedding band.

On October 27, 2014, the United Methodist Church's top court announced that it has upheld the June decision of an appeals committee to reinstate Rev. Frank Schaefer's ministerial credentials after he was defrocked for violating church law by performing a same-sex wedding for his son in 2007. The ruling brings to an end the long saga during which Rev. Schaefer has been hounded for years by church conservatives. Fortunately, however, that hounding has served to increase the pastor's determination to speak on behalf of equal rights for glbtq people within the church.

Carl House and Henry Messer.

On October 21, 2014, Equality Michigan, the state's leading glbtq advocacy organization, announced two gifts from the estate of Dr. Henry Messer, who died on February 18, 2014. Dr. Messer, who co-founded Triangle Foundation in 1991, which merged with Michigan Equality in 2010, served on the organization's board of trustees. One gift, in excess of one million dollars goes directly to Michigan Equality; the second gift--of two million dollars--adds to the organization's endowment. The generosity manifest in these gifts is characteristic of a remarkable man and a life spent in pursuit of justice.

Madelynn Taylor.

On October 22, 2014, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced that their client Madelynn Taylor had won her battle to be laid to rest alongside her late wife Jean Mixner in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Division of Veterans Services had refused to allow the interment of the two women together on the grounds that it would violate the state's ban on same-sex marriage. However, as a result of the recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that declared Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the cemetery has granted Taylor's request.

Robin Roberts.

Congratulations to Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on October 20, 2014. Co-anchor of Good Morning America since May 2005, she has led the broadcast to three consecutive Emmy Awards as "Outstanding Morning Program." The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame recognizes the pioneers, innovators, and stars of the electronic arts. The 2014 inductees were celebrated at an event in New York's Waldorf Astoria.

In a ruling issued on October 17, 2014, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl struck down Wyoming's ban on same-sex marriage. In a grudging decision, Skavdahl ruled that the Tenth Circuit's decision striking down marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma meant that the ban in Wyoming was also unconstitutional. He said that the Tenth Circuit decisions control the present case, while hinting that he would otherwise have upheld the ban. After Governor Matt Mead opted not to appeal the decision, marriage equality dawned in the Equality State on October 21, 2014.

On October 17, 2014, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick declared Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Ruling in two cases challenging the marriage laws, Connolly v. Roche and Majors v. Horne, he found that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the law. In a terse four-page decision, Judge Sedwick ordered state officials to cease enforcement of the ban and also declined to stay his opinion.

On the 75th anniversary of the publication of Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, artist Don Bachardy, the late author's partner, has been welcomed to the city that Isherwood depicted so indelibly in his Berlin Stories, which consist of two novels, The Last of Mr. Norris (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939). In Berlin, Bachardy will participate in a series of readings, books signings, and public and private receptions. Among the latter is a reception hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, John Emerson and his wife Kimberly, and one hosted by Berlin's Schwules Museum.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality announced on October 15, 2014 that they have filed suit on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley, a same-sex couple who applied and paid for a marriage license after the U.S. Supreme Court denied review to decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in several cases, including the Bostic case from Virginia. Even though the Virginia decision in effect declares South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the machinations of South Carolina's Attorney General Alan Wilson and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have prevented same-sex couples from marrying. Abetting the desperate maneuvers of these politicians has been the equally culpable delaying tactics of federal judge Michelle Childs, who should be cited for contempt of court by the Fourth Circuit.

 
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