For the fourth year in a row OUT magazine held a voter-based contest where readers chose from a compiled list to select their most favorite eligible gay bachelors. The list was whittled down from 100 to the top ten. The winning bachelor in both 2012 and 2013 was Chris Colfer. Colfer is in the magazine’s top ten again in 2014, but did not make No. 1 bachelor this year.
There is a fair bit of overlap. It is not just Colfer who made the top ten more than once. One wonders if there is a shortage of eligible and cute gay guys, or if the staff at OUT have their own preferences….
The 2014 call for votes was put out before Valentine’s Day. OUT magazine’s larger list included Jason Collins, Paul Iannaco, Marc Jacobs, Phil Jimenez, Ricky Martin and Alexander Wang. When all the votes were in, here’s who made it all the way this year:
1. Adam Lambert: This singer is a lot of guys’ favorite, clearly. The singer/songwriter, now 32, will be touring with the band Queen this summer as their lead singer. Although no one will ever be Freddie Mercury, Lambert has his own fans. His first album For Your Entertainment sold nearly 200,000 copies in its first week. He was the principal writer on his second album, as well as executive producer.
2. Chris Salvatore: Salvatore, like Lambert, is a songwriter and actor. The No. 2 most eligible of bachelors on this list moved to Florida as a young man to meet big-name producers such as had worked with Pink and the Backstreet Boys. Next he moved to Boston to study music at Berklee College of Music, and finally went to LA, where he has had success in a film series titled Eating Out. A clearly disciplined and passionate individual, Salvatore is a gay-rights activist.
3. Darryl Stephens: This 39-year-old actor grew up in the suburbs of LA and studied drama at UC Berkeley. He was with the Berkeley Black Theater Workshop, as well as a San Francisco troupe called Sassymouth, for several years. Once back home in LA, Stephens had a few minor roles, but had his big break as Noah in the television series Noah’s Arc.
4. Eliad Cohen: This is one of the eligible bachelors who has been in the top ten for OUT magazine more than once. The Israeli model, actor and producer is another rights activist. He co-founded Gay-ville, a gay-friendly rental destination, in Tel Aviv. A big promoter of Pride events, Cohen has been in the Israeli armed forces and now likes to spend most of his time on the beach.
5. Brian Sims: The son of two military parents, Sims is more than a gay-rights activist, he’s also a lawyer who works for LGBT rights (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender). He was the first openly gay NCAA football captain and is now a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He has helped convince at least two Republican senators to vote “yes” to same-sex marriage.
6. Chris Colfer: No one can hold No. 1 forever. Chris Colfer had his breakthrough on the TV series Glee. Only his most loyal fans know he is a writer first, or that he has already, at 23, published a New York Times bestseller, The Land-of Stories: The Wishing Spell. This is the first book in young-adult trilogy.
7. Steve Grand: This musician used a Kickstarter campaign to kick-start his career as a singer/songwriter. His first album is due out this spring. The thing about him that may be indeed the best reason for his being high on this list is his philosophy on love. He believes any good love story is a good love story, no matter the genders of those involved, and further believes the day will come when everyone realizes that.
8. Christopher Rice: Son of author Anne Rice and late poet Stan Rice, this writer does not fall far from the tree. Although his books have elements of his mother’s love of the thrill, he does not consider himself to be a writer within the horror genre, but says he writes thrillers. He also does not want to be pegged as a writer of gay literature. Though many of his characters happen to be gay, the crux of his stories, to him, are about the story. That makes sense.
9. Wentworth Miller: Model, producer, actor, and songwriter, Miller was born in England, but his parents are American. He had a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination for his role on Fox television’s Prison Break, after which he wrote his first screenplay, Stoker. The 2013 film featured Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.
10. Andrej Pejic: An Australian of Serb-Croat ancestry, Pejic models both men’s and women’s clothing, and has sometimes done so at the same show. The model, born a man, prefers to be regarded as “she” and “her.” Her claims to fame include being in a David Bowie video, guest-judging on Britain and Ireland’s Top Model, and modeling clothes designed by Marc Jacobs, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michalsky, and bridal designs by Rosa Clara, a Spanish designer.
Opinion by Julie Mahfood
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