Many readers are scratching your heads over how People magazine has once again overlooked Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhall for the cover of their annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue. Not that we’re complaining about this year’s choice — Maroon 5 singer and The Voice judge Adam Levine if you’ve been cave-dwelling this week — but it’s time for an openly gay man to take the mantle from Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Channing Tatum. So take note People, below are some out men who deserve the crown.
With apologies to Levine, Gosling and Gyllenhall, Bomer flat out deserved the “Sexiest Man Alive” cover — regardless of sexual orientation. That smile. That hair. That butt! Bomer fans nearly lost their shit when the White Collar star was overlooked to play hyper-sexual Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the best-selling mommy porn 50 Shades of Grey. Nearly a 100,000 people signed a petition requesting Bomer star in the film, but the actor landed a more prestigious project — a meaty role in Ryan Murphy’s film version of The Normal Heart.
Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon
The CNN hosts make for the most fabulous Unambiguously Gay Duo in TV journalism. Cooper is the salt to Lemon’s pepper and we wouldn’t mind a sprinkle of either. Either of these men would make a great cover, but imagine the two of them posing together.
The Tony Award-nominated hunk (Spring Awakening), who recently split from Zachary Quinto (another great choice, see below), will soon star in HBO’s upcoming gay-themed San Francisco-set series, Looking. Next year Groff will also be seen with Bomer in the adaptation of Larry Kramer’s landmark play The Normal Heart.
It’s hard to believe this delicious daddy is 64 years old! A highly respected, Emmy-nominated character actor, Victor Garber once played Liberace in a CBS television movie before starring on the hit series, Alias. The silver fox came out publicly in 2012 and lives in New York with his partner of 13 years.
Self-identified queer actor Ezra Miller burst onto the scene in the award-winning film, We Need to Talk About Kevin and became a teen heartthrob in last year’s gay-themed film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Next up, he’ll star with Mia Wasikowska and Paul Giamatti in an adaptation of the classic Madame Bovary.
In a May, 2013 Sports Illustrated cover story, Jason Collins became the first active male professional athlete to come out publicly. The NBA center previously played for the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards before becoming a free agent this year. Collins stated in the article that he chose to wear the number 98 on his jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard who was killed in 1998. On the day it was released, the Sports Illustrated story drew a record 3.7 million visitors to the magazine’s website. Slam dunk!
Admit it, you watched Cheyenne’s not-so-private home video. The Broadway star (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Altar Boyz, Xanadu) definitely qualifies as cover boy material. Jackson will soon star as a “handsome meth addict” in a new series created by Ryan Murphy.
ComicCon got a little bit gayer when the Star Trek: Into Darkness star came out publicly in October 2011. Since then his career has, ahem, boldly gone where no man’s has gone before. Quinto is currently wowing both audiences and critics with his performance as Tom in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
As the father of twin boys Matteo and Valentino, Ricky truly is the hottest daddy around. Since he officially came out in 2010, he’s headlined the Broadway revival of Evita, hosted the Australian version of The Voice, written a children’s book and embarked on a concert tour of Australia.
After years of speculation the Prison Break star finally broke out and announced he is gay in August 2013. Miller posted a letter on GLAAD’s website declining an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt “deeply troubled” by the Russian government’s treatment of its gay citizens. Welcome to the club, Wentworth!
[Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the very worthy additions of Ricky Martin and Wentworth Miller.]