A Chippendales Dancer Reveals He’s—Gasp—Gay!

Jaymes Vaughan, a singer and dancer with the infamous Chippendales male revue recently came out in the pages of QVegas magazine.

What?!? Chippendales has singers?

Vaughan (that’s him on the far left, freaking Kelli Pickler on Ellen) is actually both lead singer and emcee for The Chippendales’ show at the Rio Hotel and lead vocalist for the casino’s Show In The Sky—often on the same night.

Vaughan tells QVegas:

“My nights start at 6:00pm and I don’t stop until 12:30am. I start Show In The Sky, run up to Chippendales in time for my first song, run back to Show In The Sky for my next number there, and so it goes each night. There is a four minute break where I run to Burger King, they give me my chicken sandwich and I run back in time to sing my next song.”

Gee, what a lazybones.

If that weren’t enough, Vaughan has also released a new single, “Vampire,” and recorded the accompanying music video.  He says he’s always loved the Dracula types, even as a kid, but that the song is really “about being in a situation where you can’t be yourself; where you can’t live a part of your life in the daylight; being in a relationship that I can’t share with my family. “

Coming out wasn’t like facing the harsh light of day: Vaughan was already out to his family and friends—and even hosted Las Vegas Pride in 2011. This is more a case of coming out publicly as one of the few openly gay entertainers on the Strip.

I hope to be able to take advantage of a platform so that my fourteen-year-old self that was sitting in Chesterfield County, Virginia, might find some hope. The fourteen year old that had no one to look up to; whose mama told him he better not be gay; whose church told him he was going to hell; whose best friend killed himself because he didn’t “fit in.” Because he didn’t have any hope. I thought for so long you had to cover up who you were to be successful. I’ve realized you can be more successful by being yourself.”

Well, if being yourself helps you look that fine, Jaymes, you keep on doing it!

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  • divkid

    WHOA!!! 80’s flashback! these are like walking museum pieces. pre-historic cheese…

    that said, is it hypocritical to admit that i’d love to lick those two veins on his abdomen. mmmmm!

  • Cam

    Good for him!

  • Timmeeeyyy!!!

    Next you’ll be telling us that some of the go go dancers in gay bars are straight!

    I wish him lots of luck!

  • MEJ

    Glad to see they got better looking. Some of those dancers were damn ugly in the 1980’s.

  • B

    No. 3 · Timmeeeyyy!!! wrote, “Next you’ll be telling us that some of the go go dancers in gay bars are straight!”

    Some go-go boys at gay bars probably are straight – you don’t have to be gay to like getting dollar bills stuffed down your undies, particularly if there are a lot of dollar bills.

  • pauly d

    Am I the only one who does not find these dancers at all appealing??

  • MikeE

    @pauly d: are you a lesbian?
    (just joking)

  • pauly d

    no i am not. I am a gay guy but these guys just don’t do it for me. they look kinda fake and dumb

  • Danny

    Please… he didn’t have to come out because the drag-queen-overplucked eyebrows on any guy gives it away like having a beacon on your forehead. Harsh, but true.





  • Tackle

    Queerty you’re way late with this one. He told this to QVegas magazine nearly two months ago. But better late then never I guess.

  • Marie Cohn

    I think it’s the “Y” in James that gives him away.

  • Gigi

    @pauly d: They “look” dumb. How does one look dumb? That’s kinda dumb.

  • Iltman

    Good luck to him, anyone who lands him as a bf is one lucky man

  • Daez

    @Iltman: You know absolutely nothing about him other than that he has a pretty face and a nice body. Being fuckable is not the same as being good boyfriend material.

  • Code Pink

    @Daez: True. Some of the best looking guys with nice bodies tend to be the most fucked-up with major issues. But not saying this one is.

  • Dieter

    Poor Kelly P – I think she looks like an old lady in that pic you posted

  • Jonathonz

    I love how Ellen looks amused but disinterested. Yep, she’s gay.

  • Changeagent

    I used to date a male dancer from a Houston club where only women customers were allowed. We had a great time together but he could not pass a mirror without checking himself out…

  • iDavid

    Man what a showstopper. Great personality and a total guys guy. More of this gonna bang those str8 boys knees down, and it won’t be in church. Watch auwt mahma, he gonna turn yo str8 boy Gaga.


  • Paulus

    It’s great he has come out. Too bad he waited so long to do so! He mentions teenage suicides .Being a hunk as a role model, instead of a nelly queen would give these kids the edge in dealing with homophobia! What young gay kids need now is to havethese closeted NFL, NHL and MBL players to emerge from their closets and declare themselves as b eing proud of who they are! Of course, this will never happen whle they are under contract to these organizations. But maybe someday………….

  • Sansacro

    @B: B. He was clearly being ironic. :-)

  • baggins435

    You mean there are straight Chippendales? My dancer friends used to say Chippendales preferred gay dancers because they wouldn’t get hard during the show. Plus, what straight guy would dance like that?

  • rtripboy

    He was on The Amazing Race (actually he was on twice) and was out on both times. So this is only news to people you weren’t paying attention.

  • jdboston617

    @rtripboy: Teehee… the article is four years old. It WAS news back then.

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