March 11th People

March 11th

03-11-1941 David Boise – Born in Sycamore, Illinois. He is an American lawyer that has been involved in high-profile cases. Olson, a Republican and conservative, recruited liberal Democrat Boise to fight against California’s Prop. 8. Having these two lawyers showed that marriage equality was a bipartisan belief. It is indisputable that having Olson and Boise prominently involved in this effort helped move public opinion, especially with conservatives, toward favoring the freedom to marry. The lawsuit failed in the stated goal of winning a national right to same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court, but it did return gay marriage to California. It was when the Supreme Court declared that DOMA was unconstitutional that gave same-sex couples the right to marry across the nation.

03-11-1972 LZ Granderson – Born in Detroit, Michigan. He is an American journalist and commentator for CNN and ESPN. LZ writes a weekly column for He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and Page 2. LZ is also a commentator of ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. He was the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism and was nominated for the award again in 2010. LZ is openly gay. He was married to a woman at one time and has a son. His partner today is Steve Huesing, who is ULTA Beauty’s Merchandising Operations Director and Interim President of Chicago’s Marriage Equality USA. Regarding Gay Pride, LZ stated, “ Gay Pride was NOT born out of a need to celebrate being gay, but instead our right to exist without prosecution…so maybe instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride month or movement, straight people should be thankful they don’t need one.”

03-11-1976 Kurt Froman – Born in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is a professional ballet dancer and was assistant choreographer and dance coach for Natalie Portman in Black Swan. In 2017, Froman was Jennifer Lawrence’s ballet trainer and the Associate Choreographer for the 2018 film, Red Sparrow. Froman’s professional career started in New York after he was awarded the first Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship which allowed him to study at the School of American Ballet’s “Special” Advance Men’s Class. Froman is a twin. He and his brother danced together for four years at the Fort Worth Ballet before moving to New York City. Kurt Froman came out gay and has said that he’s had a partner for eight years. “I adore him,” said Froman, who made his Broadway debut in Movin’ Out in 2002.

03-11-1976 Kyle Froman – Born Ft. Worth, Texas. He was a professional ballet dancer and is Kurt Froman’s twin brother. Kyle came out as gay in his early 20s, before his brother. He left dancing for photography and married a Canadian man, who was a political reporter.

03-11-1967 John Barrowman – Born in Mount Vernon, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, musical theatre performer, writer, and television personality. Barrowman has played lead roles in various musicals both in the West End and on Broadway, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and Matador. He has appeared in film and television as well. He is openly gay and is active in the LGBT community in the UK. He worked with Stonewall, a UK gay rights organization, on the “Education for All” campaign against homophobia in schools. In June 2010, Barrowman met with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron as a representative of the LGBT community.

03-11-1978 Christopher Rice – Born in Berkeley, California. He is an American writer and son of Anne Rice. He was on Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013). Rice has written six best-selling novels. He is openly gay and his works consist of descriptions of contemporary American life for the gay men. He is proud of his large following in the gay community, explaining, “it was incredibly rewarding when I got a huge positive response from the character Stephen in The Density of Souls. More than a thousand gay men contacted me and said that I captured what it was like for them going through those years. That means everything to me.” In 2012, Rice launched a streaming Internet radio show called The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quin. Quinn is his partner as well as co-host. Rice also writes a regular feature for the LGBT-related biweekly news magazine The Advocate called “Coastal Disturbances.”

03-11-1992 Tessie Savlekouls – Born in the Netherlands, place unknown.She competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in judo. Savlekouls is one of 49 out LGBT athletes to compete at the Olympic Games in 2016.

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