It's December and it's time to celebrate the birthdays of some incredible icons in our community! Get ready embrace the vibrant energy of these
individuals who have left an indelible mark on the world. Let's dive right in!
Gianni Versace - December 2nd, 1946 - July 15th, 1997
Gianni Versace, the visionary fashion designer, left a lasting impact on the gay and LGBT community through his groundbreaking contributions to the fashion industry and his unapologetic openness about his sexuality.
In 1978, Versace founded his eponymous fashion house, which quickly became synonymous with opulence, glamour, and bold designs. His creations celebrated the human body, breaking gender norms and embracing diversity.
Tragically, Versace's life was cut short in 1997 when he was murdered in Miami Beach. The Netflix series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" delves into the events leading up to and following the tragic murder. The series garnered critical acclaim for its storytelling, performances, and examination of the LGBT community's struggles during that time.
Taylor Swift - December 13th, 1989:
Taylor Swift needs no introduction of course and her 2019 anthem "You Need to Calm Down," is widely celebrated for its support in the fight against discrimination.
Beyond her music, Swift has actively engaged in charitable initiatives, supporting organizations such as GLAAD and the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative. Her efforts to use her platform to uplift and empower the gay and LGBT community have earned her admiration and gratitude from fans and advocates alike
Jane Fonda - December 21st, 1937:
Jane Fonda has been a vocal ally for the gay community throughout her prolific acting career, using her platform to advocate for equality and acceptance. In the 1980s, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, she fearlessly stood in solidarity with the LGBT community, raising awareness and calling for compassionate action.
In addition to her work in the entertainment industry, Fonda's fitness videos became a cultural phenomenon, influencing millions and breaking stereotypes around women's strength and athleticism.
Marlene Dietrich - December 27th, 1901 - May 6th, 1992
Born in 1901 in Berlin, Marlene Dietrich's personal background as a bisexual woman and her bold, androgynous style challenged gender norms and captivated audiences worldwide. Through her iconic roles in films like "The Blue Angel" and "Morocco," Dietrich's on-screen portrayals often defied traditional notions of femininity, creating a sense of empowerment and liberation for women and the gay community alike.
Off-screen, Dietrich was unapologetically open about her fluid sexuality, living fearlessly in a time when being queer was heavily stigmatized. She had numerous affairs with both men and women and publicly spoke in support of gay rights. Her unique allure and charismatic performances endeared her to the gay community, who embraced her as an icon and symbol of defiance against societal expectations.