Well, as everyone knows, there’s a really important voting decision coming up. But, for a change, I’m not talking about the poll that closes on May 6th, and affects every aspect of our lives for the next 5 years. No, I’m talking about the other poll, the one that closes on May 7th, and focuses on the clearly much more important subject of which male celebrities gay and bisexual men think are the most attractive: the AfterElton Hot 100. (Ok, so obviously it’s nothing like as important, but even a politics geek like me needs an occasional relapse into mindless fluff.)
Anyway, I’ve just voted in the poll (it’s one where you write in your own candidates rather than choose from a list), and I thought you might be interested to know who I’ve plumped for. With illustrations. So, don’t look below unless you are prepared to look at pics of guys I think are attractive, some of whom – I warn you now – won’t be wearing very much.
There are actually four separate polls – the main list, another list which is only for out gay and bisexual men, a third list for non-white men, and a fourth for men over 50. I understand the reason for the secondary lists – it’s an attempt to correct the in-built bias towards the young, straight, white men who always dominate lists like this – but it still feels a little dubious to me. I mean, if I find someone attractive, why wouldn’t I put him in my main list (actually, for the most part I have)? It’s almost like gay, ‘ethnic’ and older men are being automatically downgraded to second class status. Still, I know that’s not the intention, and I did vote in the secondary lists, although my over-50 list only had one entry in it. I’d like to claim that this is all the fault of our culture which refuses to present older people as attractive, but actually, it’s just a reflection of the fact that I’m a very shallow person who prefers younger guys – the mean average age of my choices on the other three lists is 28 (range 19 – 39).
Ok, so let’s get the embarrassingly brief ‘Hottest Men Over 50’ out of the way first.
Chris Lowe – musician.
Next up, the main list (in reverse order):
10 – Guillermo Diaz – TV and film actor.
09 – Gareth Thomas – rugby player.
08 – Danny Miller – TV actor.
07 – Frankmusik – musician.
06 – Le Minh Hieu – model.
05 – Daniel Leary – comedian and actor.
04 – Haaz Sleiman – TV and film actor.
03 – Kele Okereke – musician.
02 – Russell Tovey – theatre, film and TV actor.
01 – Stefan Olsdal – musician.
Next comes the ‘Hottest Men of Color’. Only 5 entries allowed in this list; mostly these are duplicates, but with different pics to keep it fresh…
05 – Aston Merrygold – singer.
04 – Guillermo Diaz.
03 – Le Minh Hieu.
02 – Haaz Sleiman.
01 – Kele Okereke.
And, last but not least, ‘Hottest Out Gay Men’. These are all duplicates, but, again, different pics.
05 – Gareth Thomas.
04 – Daniel Leary.
03 – Kele Okereke.
02 – Russell Tovey.
01 – Stefan Olsdal.
So, there you have it. Expressions of disgust, horror, bemusement, appreciation etc. welcome in the comments.