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Will Neil Patrick Harris Be People Magazine’s First Openly Gay “Sexiest Man Alive”?

Neil-Patrick-Harris_lNeil Patrick Harris is poised to take home People magazine’s title of “Sexiest Man Alive” prize, NewYork Daily News reports.

“People has never had an openly gay ‘Sexiest Man’ before,” one insider said. “It would certainly make news and generate buzz for the magazine. Plus, Neil is going to be hosting the Oscars. He’s in Gone Girl, he was just on Broadway. He’s also happily married with kids. He is having an amazing year.”

While we won’t deny Mr. Harris’ good looks and charm, we couldn’t help but think of other gay guys (and one honorary gay) who might make equally strong contenders for the coveted title.

Scroll down for some possibilities…

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Anderson Cooper

Just voted by Queerty readers as “Top Dog Over 40” in the 2014 Queerties, the silver-haired CNN anchorman definitely deserves to make the short list for this year’s Sexiest Man.

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Michael Sam

He was picked up by the Rams. Then he was cut. He was picked up by the Cowboys. Then he was cut again. If anyone deserves some good news, it’s Michael Sam. The title of Sexiest Man may be just what he needs after the rollercoaster year he’s had.

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Alex Minsky

Because nobody can rock a pair of tight, gold lifeguard briefs better this super gay-friendly model.

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Ricky Martin

We’ll never forget the glorious day in March when he stepped out onto his balcony wearing nothing but a pair of striped boxers and a tramp stamp.

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Farhad Z

Because these sexy photos prove the DILF’s still got it.

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Andy Cohen

Speaking of DILFs, why not throw Andy Cohen into the mix? The total top is a total sexpot in an awkward, cheeky sort of way.

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Zachary Quinto

The above picture alone should qualify Mr. Quinto for consideration as Sexiest Man. Paired with his acting chops and tell-it-like-it-is attitude and we think he’d make quite the contender.