Steve was the boyfriend of mogul David Geffen during the late 1980s, and starred in several gay-friendly productions, like Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992), about an out-of-work screenwriter with crazy relatives and gay friends; and It's My Party (1996), about a gay man with AIDS (Eric Roberts), his partner (Gregory Harrison), and his friends.
But did he try to make his early performances accessible to gay viewers? Did his characters acknowledge that gay people exist?
When Rick gets Karen (Diane Franklin) pregnant and then dumps her, Gary falls in love with her. She seems to reciprocate, but then at a party Gary sees her kissing Rick. He storms out and drives home, crying, still a virgin.
You can make a case for triangulation: the boys always want to have sex in a group, and Gary seems to like Diane only because Rick was intimate with her.
And there's a lot of beefcake. Far more naked male bodies than naked female bodies. Muscle hunks in their underwear. Jocks stripped down in the locker room.
When was the last time heterosexual male teenagers were so happy to gaze at a row of naked men?
So the conclusion: The Last American Virgin is only marginally accessible to gay male audiences, and not due to Steve Antin's performance.