“It’s about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they?” – Alan Cumming (@alancummingsnaps) (b. January 27, 1965)
Picture: “AMEND YOURSELF, BUSH,” Alan Cumming (whose shirt refers to President George W. Bush’s support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage), International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day, San Francisco, California, June 19, 2004.
Alan Cumming, OBE, who turns fifty-two today, is a bisexual Scottish and American actor, singer, performer, author, advocate, and activist, best known for roles in “Hamlet,” “Cabaret,” “GoldenEye,” the “Spy Kids” trilogy, and “The Good Wife.” He is the author of a novel, “Tommy’s Tale,” a memoir, “Not My Father’s Son,” and the recent “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures.” Cumming also performs in his own cabaret show, “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs,” and DJs for “Club Cumming.”
Among many other awards (including an Olivier Award and a Tony), Cumming has been recognized by the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD (@glaad), Lambda Legal (@lambdalegal), Trevor Project (@trevorproject), Point Foundation (@pointfoundation), and the Matthew Shepard Foundation (@mattshepardfdn) for his outspoken advocacy on behalf of the queer community and queer youth in particular.
Cumming lives in Manhattan with his husband, Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Jerry and Lala. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #AlanCumming