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LGBT History Month – Day 27 – Grace Jones

Grace Jones (1948 – ) is our inspiration for day 27.

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Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, lyricist, supermodel, record producer, and actress. She began her career as a supermodel, then began producing music, with 10 studio albums and 8 compilation albums to date. Film credits from 1973 onwards include Conan the Destroyer, Boomerang and A View to a Kill in 1985.

Jones’ distinctive androgynous appearance, square-cut, angular padded clothing, manner, and height of 179 cm (5’10 ½”) influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s.

You can read a post celebrating her life and works here: http://www.gradientlair.com/post/119408598533/the-great-grace-jones

LGBT History Month – Day 26 – Zachary Quinto

Day 26 and we wish we had as much charisma as our next inspirational person holds in half of one eyebrow: it’s Zachary Quinto (1977 – ).

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Zachary Quinto is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for his roles as Sylar on the science fiction drama series Heroes, and Spock in the reboot Star Trek, and its sequels Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.
In 2010, Quinto contributed a video to the It Gets Better Project, an Internet-based campaign that aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Quinto publicly came out as gay in October 2011. He explained that, after the suicide of gay teenager Jamey Rodemeyer, he realised “that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”

You can read more on his official site, here: http://www.zacharyquinto.com/

LGBT History Month – Day 19 – Stephen Fry

Gooooooood evening good evening good evening good evening good evening good evening, and welcome to… Day 19 for a look at Stephen Fry (1957).

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Stephen Fry is a gay English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist, who suffers from bipolar disorder. His career in showbusiness began with his involvement with the Cambridge Footlights, which led to a successful performing partnership with fellow comedian and satirist Hugh Laurie. Both Fry and Laurie appeared (though rarely together) in the classic BBC comedy Blackadder (“Baaaaaaa!”), and in 2003 Fry went on to host the popular comedy panel quiz QI. He has also appeared in and presented numerous plays, TV dramas, films and documentaries. He’s also a novelist. And he reads audiobooks. And… Oh, look, he basically does everything. And we love him for it.

In 2014, Fry was listed number 4 on the World Pride Power list, he married his partner, Elliot Spencer, in 2015. In February 2014 Stephen Fry became the honorary president of Proud Canaries, a new club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans of Norwich City Football Club, as well as being an official Ambassador for the City of Norwich. He is also active in mental health charity and awareness groups and serves as president of the charity Mind.

His official website is here: http://www.stephenfry.com/

LGBT History Month – Day 16 – George Takei

It’s Day 16 – Oh, my! It’s George Takei (1937 – ).

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Best known for his acting role as Hikaru Sulu in the original series of Star Trek, George Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist.

He is a proponent of LGBT rights and active in state and local politics, apart from his continued acting career. Born in 1937, as a child Takei experienced at first hand the segregation and internment of Japanese-Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor and has since campaigned for improved human rights and Japanese-American relations, winning several awards and accolades, including for his work with the Japanese American National Museum.

Takei is gay, a fact he revealed publicly in 2005 in a magazine interview, in response to the California governor’s veto of a proposed same-sex marriage bill in the state. Prior to this, Takei’s sexuality had been widely known amongst his Star Trek colleagues and the show’s fans, and from the 1970s on he was openly active in LGBT organisations. He married Brad Altman, his partner of 18 years, in 2008.

In June 2012, the American Humanist Association gave Takei the LGBT Humanist Award, and in May 2014 the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation honoured him with the GLAAD Vito Russo Award, presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

In 2014, Takei spoke up in defence of a Miss America winner who was suffering racial abuse based on her Indian heritage. He wrote: “In Star Trek we have this creed: ‘Infinite diversity in infinite combinations’. That’s what Starfleet was all about.”

(Oh, and he also has an asteroid named after him.)

You can find his official website here: http://www.georgetakei.com/ and he maintains an active Twitter profile @GeorgeTakei.