Lenny Yorke was born on August 31, 1962 (to November 15, 2008). He was a prominent fashion designer, and creative director for Style Management. We remember Lenny Yorke, and look forward to publishing a biography in 2018.
William Brandon Lacy Campos was born on August 31, 1977 (to November 9, 2012). He was a poet, writer, social media personality, prolific blogger and columnist, as well as a policy wonk, organizer, and warrior focusing on civil rights, feminism, LGBTQ equality, and HIV/AIDS. Known simply as Brandon to his many friends, William Brandon Lacy Campos was born in Duluth, Minnesota, to Deborah Carey Watt and William Edward Lacy. His great-great uncle was historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second […]
Anna DeShawn was born on August 30, 1983. She is a media professional, social entrepreneur, and community lover. Anna DeShawn was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Anthony Rainey, an educator, and Vivian Rainey, a business manager. She has one sibling, Dione, who is an educator. DeShawn grew up in a religious household, and attended a Lutheran private school, Luther South High School. It didn’t make it easy for her as a young Black girl exploring her burgeoning sexual feelings. “When […]
Keith Boykin was born on August 28, 1965. He is a CNN political commentator, a New York Times best-selling author, assistant adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University, journalist, actor, and public speaker. Keith Boykin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to William Boykin, a bus driver, salesman and businessman, and Shirley Hayes, a federal government employee; he has a sister, Krystal. Although the couple separated when Boykin was just a boy, the family remained close, and Boykin was […]
Kylar William Broadus was born on August 28, 1963. The self-described “man of trans experience” is a lawyer, professor, activist, public speaker, and writer. He works at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund as operations officer, and is the founder and CEO of the Trans People of Color Coalition. Kylar William Broadus was born in Fayette, Missouri, to William Broadus, a truck driver, and Fannie B. Broadus, the supervisor of housekeeping at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has a […]
Nikky Finney was born on August 26, 1957. She is an award-winning American poet, respected academic, and social justice and cultural preservation advocate. In a 2011 interview with “Poets and Writers” magazine, Finney declared, “I’m trying to have a conversation about truth.” Finney has long encouraged other lesbian poets to write, publish, and read their work. Born Lynn Carol Finney in Conway, South Carolina, she is one of three children, and the only daughter of Ernest A. Finney, Jr., a […]
Chris Dickerson was born on August 25, 1939. He is a former professional bodybuilder, model, and opera singer. Dickerson was the first African American AAU Mr. America, the oldest and first Black and openly gay winner of the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest, and one of only two bodybuilders to win both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia competitions. Henri Christophe Dickerson was born in Montgomery, Alabama, the youngest of triplets. His mother, Mahala Ashley Dickerson, was a lifelong friend of […]
Marsha P. Johnson was born on August 24, 1945 (to July 6, 1992). She was a transgender activist, drag queen, comic, and performance artist who fought back against the police during the Stonewall Rebellion, and became a colorful and beloved figure in the gay life of New York’s Greenwich Village. She was dubbed “The Mayor of Christopher Street.” Marsha P. Johnson was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and grew up in Hoboken. In 1966, she moved to Manhattan where she […]