During the late 1990s, there were three teen idols named Jackson vying for a place in the hearts of gay boys and heterosexual girls. All three had the wholesome, innocent quality that preteens and tweens find dreamy, and all three played in some movies with gay characters.
Before you start making homophobic comments: I am not stating that they are personally gay, or that they personally played gay characters. I am merely stating that they appeared in movies or tv series which contained gay characters.
At the time even teen magazines sometimes got them mixed up.
John Wesley Shipp, plus:
Apt Pupil (1998): Brad Renfro has a homoerotic subtext.
Cruel Intentions (1999): Joshua plays a gay stereotype.
The Skulls (2000): homoerotic buddy bonding.
The Laramie Project (2002): gay themed
Lone Star State of Mind (2003): a movie with gay characters in it.
Cursed (2005): a movie with gay characters in it.
Distinguishing characteristics:not photographed shirtless very often; not particularly buffed or tanned, but still quite attractive. Still popular, star of the heterosexist paranormal sci-fi series Fringe. Strong gay ally. Appeared in the GLAAD Media Awards.
Ring of Darkness (2004): gay character.
DTLA (2012): tv series about gay men.
Chippendale dancer. Conservative Evangelical Christian who is pro-gay.
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999): gay character
Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000); gay character
Raised Seventh-Day Adventist, converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Doesn't like gay people. ( I got this from an interview in which he stated that he wouldn't work with gay people. )