Aug 15, 2014
He got his start as a production assistant, working for such programs as The Adventures of Sam and Max, Bob and Margaret, and Ned's Newt.
Then he played a cop on Tarzan, a fireman on Code Breakers, and a bouncer on Naturally, plus Sadie, "Guard," "Muscular Boyfriend," and "Trainer." All macho roles, not requiring substantial nudity.
To date, Gavin's most substantial role has been in Connor Undercover (2010-2011), an adventure series about a teenager(Max Morrow) drawn into the world of political espionage. Gavin plays secret agent Eduardo Garcia, who trains Connor in the spy biz, and sometimes requires rescue himself. There may be some gay subtexts there, but no nudity.
Somebody give this guy a job playing Tarzan or Conan.
Aug 14, 2014
Some writers and scholars have dared to reveal the rich history of queer Indian mythology, from gender-changing gods to kings who fall in kings, but usually they're part of the Indian Diaspora, living in North America or Europe.
Devdutt Pattanaik lives in Mumbai, where he is an expert on economics and business management. And in his spare time, he writes about Hindu mythology.
With a recognition of gender-atypical and gay-positive Hindu mythology:
Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Don't Tell You
The Pregnant King
His popular introduction to the god Shiva has been adapted into a television series, Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev (Lord of Lords, Mahadev), with 140 episodes so far. The main cast includes:
1. Mohit Raina as Shiva
3. Alpesh Dhakan as Ganesha
Plus gods, sages, kings, queens, demons, and monsters.
You can see some episodes on youtube. It's in Hindi, but there's substantial beefcake and some soulful looks. No doubt gay subtexts.
Or even texts.
See also: The Top 10 Public Penises of Hinduism
Aug 12, 2014
I remember one article with a description, in loving detail, of a lunch where Bobby Fischer orders a steak, eats a piece, and grunts "Good!", like one of those cave men in the Campbell's Manhandler commercials ("how do you handle a hungry ma..aa...aan?").
This was before he started subscribing to white supremacist literature, praising Hitler, and making shocking racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic comments.
It was as homoerotic as wrestling. You sit across from your opponent, stare at him, memorize his face, learn every detail of his physique, the heft of his chest, the curve of his biceps.
Where else can you get away with staring at a cute guy for 10-15 minutes?
One of my fondest memories of my boyfriend Dan is a game of chess. He was a very fast player, rushing to move his piece before I had a chance to take my hand away from mine. So sometimes our hands touched. I still remember its warmth.
The fad eventually faded away, like all fads do. I knew only a few people in high school who played, and none in college.
But for a few years, chess offered a homoerotic idyll nearly as good as wrestling.
(By the way, today's reigning chess champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, is equally athletic, and not racist, homophobic, or anti-Semitic.)
See also: One Night in Bangkok
There are endless beefcake scenes and vows of same-sex commitment, but only one act of heterosexual intercourse, with Michael's body on display and the woman's hidden from view, instead of the usual scenes of a nude woman atop a fully-clothed man. Surely even the most oblivious heterosexual can find such blatant slippages and subtexts!
But not one of the nearly 200 user reviews on the Internet Movie Database or nearly 500 fans who posted to a Lost Boys message board noticed the beefcake, the lack of attention to girls, or the many homoromantic bonds.
1. He has a poster of contemporary heartthrob Rob Lowe on his bedroom wall
2. He wears a “Born to Shop” T-shirt
3. He takes bubble baths
4. He has a pet dog.
5. He sings an old novelty song with the line “I’m a lonely girl, ain’t got a man.”
That is, he uses gender-transgressive behavior (like owning a dog?) as proof.
But even those broadly-drawn gender-transgressions are lost on most fans. One stated, “I’ve seen that movie probably somewhere around fifty times, and never once stopped to think that [Sam] was supposed to be gay.” They never stop to think that any fictional character is gay, unless he is Wearing a Sign.
Fans commenting on the "Is Sam gay?" post enthusiastically pointed out that Sam was not Wearing a Sign, so he must necessarily be taken as heterosexual.
About the beefcake poster: “It was his grandfather’s idea, to give him a manly role model! It has nothing to do with being gay!” (Would Grandpa really consider androgynous prettyboy Rob Lowe a better candidate for displaying machismo than contemporary man-mountains like Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Sylvester Stallone or Chuck Norris?)
About the “Born to Shop” t-shirt: “It was the fashion in 1987! It has nothing to do with being gay!”
Or they bring up the myth that only adults are gay: "He’s fifteen years old, too young to be gay!”
Or the myth of the Discovery of Girls: “He hasn’t begun to notice girls yet, it doesn’t mean he’s gay!”
Anything they can think of that helps them keep on believing that the world of fiction belongs to heterosexuals only.
See also: Tad Hilgenbrink, Corey Haim for the 2000s.; and Clarence: Gay Characters on Kids' TV.