The glittery, let’s-pretfinish people of show biz appears to entice the majority of gay men, whether they’re in, out, or halfmethod there. And many of them have carried us joy with the decades through their tempestuous talent and irrepressible antics.
Here are my picks for the dozen gayest of all, finish via some well-accessorized runner-ups. I’m not including fashion developers (also easy) or newscasters, simply entertainment figures—and I am including some guys that were so gay they screamed it, even if they didn’t always say it.
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With his barbed shipment of a line followed by a wicked little bit chuckle, Paul Lynde was the epitome of gay—an unspoken shrine to homosexuality ago when no one was out. It was all about clues and innuendos. Lynde was a scream as the angsty father in Bye Bye Birdie (singing the bitter “Kids,” though I never construed just how he had any), the campy Uncle Arthur on the gay-friendly sitcom Bewitched, and the decidedly off-facility Center Square on the game show Hollytimber Squares (“Why perform the Hell’s Angels wear leather?” Lynde: “Since chiffon wrinkles conveniently.”) In lieu of out gay heroes, we had Paul Lynde flapping his wrists and practically welcoming us inside his closet while slamming the door in our faces.
Another fab flamer that covered both theater, TV series, and also game shows was the very funny Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007), who shook up The Match Game through his gestures and polyester prints. And the other runners up are Jim Nabors, Jim J. Bullock, Jim Parsons, Bruce Vilanch, Taylor Negron, and also Queer Eye males past and also current.
George Takei (1937-)
Elton John (1947-)
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