Nov 23, 2019

Razzle Dazzle:1970s Variety Shows

When I was a kid, I hated variety shows like Carol Burnett. even though the dancers wore tight pants.  So I tried my best to avoid the several thousand comedy-variety hours that populated the late 1970s.
But sometimes it was impossible.  They kept featuring movie superstars, or they were squeezed in between shows I wanted to watch, or my brother, a big fan of 1970s music, thought they were cool.

After a tv special in November 1976, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour appeared in January 1977.  It was a must-see because I wanted to know how the Brady kids had grown up. Barry Williams and Christopher Knight were dreamy, of course, but the big surprise was Mike Lookinland, still a kid when The Brady Bunch ended, but now, three years later, grown into a teenage hunk who was poured into his white leisure suit.  Bobby Brady is packing!

You could almost overlook the tacky costumes, weird numbers ("Do the Hustle") and crazy plot twists (Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett asleep in the Brady living room?).

And the 1970s guest stars they kept trotting out to boost ratings: Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Hudson Brothers, Paul Williams.




But really it was about the blossoming of Michael Lookinland.

By the way Michael was the only Brady to do a lot of non-Brady projects during the 1970s, including The Mighty Isis with Tommy Norden of Flipper, a Disney movie with Mitch Vogel, and this commercial, apparently about putting him into the tighest pants they could find. 












On Saturday mornings in 1974, after Shazam!, there was nothing on but The Pink Panther and the laughtrack-infused Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, starring three middle-aged men with blatant bulges and disco shirts opened to reveal slim hairy chests.

About those bulges....the one on the right might as well be naked.  You know exactly what he's packing.

The Hudson Brothers, Bill, Brett, and Mark, had some minor hits such as "So You Are a Star" and "The Truth About Us," but in the Leif Garrett era they weren't pretty or androgynous enough to draw a lot of teen idol attention, even though they made a whopping 16 episodes.








Brett, the youngest of the group (only 24 in 1977) has been the subject of some gay rumors.


















The Keane Brothers had the opposite problem -- they were aged 11 and 12 when their show (called The Keane Brothers, naturally) appeared in the summer of 1977. The youngest kids ever to host a prime-time variety series, they were too young for most teenagers to consider adequately dreamy.

How did they get big names like Burt Reynolds, Betty White, and Andy Williams to guest star?

And whose idea was it to put them up against Donny & Marie on Friday nights?  No wonder they just lasted four episodes.














Teen magazines sort of skipped over them.  I don't know what this photo is about.  Maybe the photographer talked Tom into a shirtless shot, but he chickened out at the last minute.

And then there was Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Bay City Rollers Show, Sonny and Cher, The John Davidson Show, The Jacksons, Shields and Yarnell, Pink Lady and Jeff.

See also: The Brady Bunch Dad

Hogan's Heroes: The Wackiest POW Camp in Germany

Our older brothers and fathers were in Vietnam, where casualties were mounting every day, but at home we watched wacky soldiers: McHale's Navy, No Time for Sergeants, F-Troop, Gomer Pyle USMC, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, and, the wackiest of all, Hogan's Heroes (1965-71), which also drew from the spy and "I've got a secret" craze.

It was set in a World War II prisoner of war camp, Stalag 13, where the "prisoners," deliberately captured, were all spies:

Back row: LeBeau, covert operations; Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane), the leader; Kinch (Ivan Dixon), communications.

Front row: Newkirk (Richard Dawson), impersonations and con games; Carter (Larry Hovis), explosives and all things scientific.



The commandant, Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer, right), was an incompetent bureaucrat. The only guard was Sergeant Schultz (John Banner, left), a sweet-tempered toymaker in civilian life, who turned a blind eye to the unusual activities ("I see nothing!").  Both were victims of circumstance, not actively evil; the  villains were the Nazi higher-ups, who might discover the secret operation and shut it down.

What was the attraction for gay kids, other than the fact that the only other choices on Saturday night were The Lawrence Welk Show and the first half of a movie?

1. Lack of displayed heterosexual interest. Other entries in the spy genre, such as I Spy and Wild Wild West, involved its heroes in endless leering at bikini-clad women, but the POW camp was an all-male world, with no women visible except for Colonel Klink's secretary and an occasional female resistance agent. Hogan occasionally smooched with a woman, but no episodes involved hetero-romance.

2. Dreamy guys in the cast, especially Robert Clary.  No beefcake, unfortunately -- no one as much as unbuttoned a button, even while lying around in the barracks. In fact, it's almost impossible to find nude shots of any of the cast members, even in other projects.

3. Hogan and Klink certainly weren't buddies. Klink was constantly annoyed by Hogan's  irreverence. Hogan found Klink stuffy and old-fashioned (another 1960s clash between the establishment and the counterculture).  Yet as they strategized against each other, or more often worked together toward some common goal, they developed a love-hate bond that one could easily see spinning into a forbidden romance.  It was a pleasure to watch them interact every week.




Bob Crane (1928-1978) became so famous as Colonel Hogan that it's hard to remember his many other roles.  He starred in the Disney movie Superdad (1973) and his own short-lived Bob Crane Show, guest starred on everything from Ellery Queen to Love Boat, and worked extensively in theater.

He was married twice and had five children (shown: his son Scotty), but he also had relationships with many women, and occasionally men.  He was reputedly a BDSM bottom; however, no BDSM scenes appear in the hundreds of tapes he made of his sexual encounters.





When he was murdered in 1978, people speculated that it was a BDSM scene gone wrong.The main suspect, his friend John Carpenter, was acquitted on lack of evidence.

Greg Kinnear played Bob Crane in the 2002 movie Auto-Focus.



Nov 22, 2019

The Worst TV Shows of All TIme, #13-25

I'm going through the clickbait list of the worst tv programs of all time, trying to dispute the idea that they were somehow worse than everything else on tv.  The plotlines may not have been scintillating, but they sometimes offered other pleasures, like gay subtexts or beefcake.

13. Co-Ed Fever.  Well maybenot  all of them.  Co-Ed Fever was of the three Animal House clones that appeared in 1979 (t=the others were Delta House and Brothers and Sisters).  Only one episode aired in the U.S., six in Canada, and the set was co-opted for the first season of The Facts of Life.  The premise: a women's college goes co-ed, and some guys enroll, looking for babes.

14. Baywatch.  Huh?  10 seasons of lifeguards running across the beach in slow motion, chests glistening,  bulges bouncing around.  What else would you watch on Friday night in 1989 to get you horned up before heading out to the bars?  Not Full House and Family Matters, certainly.








15. The Powers of Matthew Star.  An androgynous teen idol and his older...um...coach traveling around in a van to fight evil.  Gay subtext!  So he changed from exiled alien prince to secret agent halfway through, who cares?  Nobody was watching for the plot.  Besides, one of the stars was family.

16. Galactica 1980.  Never hearrd of it, but then, I never watched the original Battlestar Galactica.  Wasn't a Mormon theology meets Star Wars, with Lorne Green at the helm?

17. Black Scorpion. Lady puts on a tight black scorpion suit to fight supervillains like Adam West. But the costar was Family Ties hunk Scott Valentine, seen here on the cover of a 1988 Playgirl (this is as much as he shows).












18. Ghost Whisperer.  Lady solves crimes by talking to ghosts (comes in handy in murder cases). She also runs an antique store and has sex with David Conrad.

19. Flying High.  Stewardesses with boobs get sexually harassed by their captain, back in the days when sexual harassment was considered by inevitable and funny.  But this wasn't a comedy.  Take a look at the plotlines: The plane is out of control when the flight crew becomes ill; an escaped prisoner takes one of the attendants hostage; the attendants stop a drug smuggling ring; the Captain becomes blind.

20. Hogan's Heroes.  World War II was horrible, but there are parts that soldiers look back on fondly.  The buddy bonding.  The Andrews Sisters.  This was a POW camp with plants working for the underground.    It was clever, funny, and homoerotic.  I still have a crush on LeBeau (who, by the way, was played by a Holocaust survivor who found nothing wrong with the show).










21. The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.  That group of people should not have been in a variety show.  But as long as they were, watch the Brady Boys.  They have grown up, and they are packing.  SeeL Razzle Dazzle: Variety Shows of the 1970s

22. Hee Haw Honeys.  A spin-off of the hayseed Hee-Haw, which, as you recall, featured fat men and thin women telling hayseed jokes.

















23. Manimal.  Shapeshifting professor solves crimes.  How is this more unrealistic than Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  It starred Simon MacCorkindale, an action/adventure/sword and sorcery star of the era.

24. Life with Lucy.  Ok, at 78 years old, Lucille Ball should not have been doing the broad physical comedy that was her signature. She had three successful tv series -- isn't that enough for anyone?  Apparently not.  Lucy returned as the mugging, pratfalling grand-dame of a stick-in-the-mud family, with a daughter married to former Mr. Mooney Gale Gordon's son.    Everyone was worried that she was going to break a hip.














25. Murphy's Law.  The law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  It has been the title   of three tv series, but the writers probably meant the 1988-89 series, with George Segal as an insurance investigator.  He has a Japanese-Italian girlfriend named Kimiko Fanucchi, an ex-wife, and a daughter.  But the cute Charles Rocket is hanging around somewhere.













The Worst TV Shows of All Time, #1-12

I just read a clickbait article about the 25 worst tv shows of all time, and it occurs to me that the writers probably didn't watch many episodes.  They're going by reputation, or by sheer plot synopsis.  Some of my childhood favories are on the list.

And they forget that sometimes we don't watch a tv show for a compelling, dynamic, intellectually stimulating plot.  The most horrible premises can be redeemed by a gay subtext or the lack of heterosexual interest.  Sometimes we want to just "veg out."  Sometimes we want something flickering in the background while we chat, read, or do homework.  And sometimes we just want to look at cute guys.

1. The Jerry Springer Show.  I assume that they are going in order from the worst.  Jerry Springer has often been heralded as a sign of the end of civilization, but at least it wasn't bear-baiting.

Ok, it was terribly exploitive:  "Your best friend is having sex with your wife and your mother and your teenage daughter, and he thinks you're a jerk, and here he is."  But there was something satisfying about watching rednecks assault each other.  Besides, some of them had physiques.  And Steve Wilkos, the guy in charge of separating the pairs -- sigh.

2. My Mother the Car.  One of the many "my secret" shows of the 1960s.  Is a car inhabited by the soul of your mother more farfetched than witches and genies?  Or warp drive?

Besides, Jerry Van Dyke was a lot cuter than his brother Dick.







3. Cop Rock.  Who wants to watch a mash-up of serious drama and songs?  Well, maybe opera-goers.  But there are worse ways of spending a half an hour than looking at Peter Onorati.











4. After MASH.  I hated MASH, the half-episode I saw of it, so of course I wasn't about to be watching the characters let loose in a stateside veteran's hospital.

5. The Flying Nun.  One of the "unconventional nun" programs of the 1960s.  My first view of Roman Catholicism that didn't paint it as evil incarnate.  And the nun thing made hetero-romance impossible, so she and the very cute Carlos (Alejandro Rey) could be "just friends."



6. Hello, Larry.  Another MASH veteran, but playing a different character, Larry has a phone-in psychology radio show in Portland, Oregon.  Another ten years and a few hundred miles to the north, and he could be Frasier Crane.  Except no gay brother, dad, or coworkers.  Larry is surrounded by women, except for John Femia of Square Pegs.  But surely he was enough to make the viewing a pleasure.





7. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Everybody thinks it's about a slave in President Lincoln's household, but actually it's about a free black man who flees from Britain to America to avoid his gambling debts.  Why America, of all the fugitive-slave-law-cockamamie ideas? And a gay-stereotyped Lincoln.

I'd like to know why Chi McBride took the job.  Let me guess: a job is a job.

8. The Chevy Chase Show.  As in "I'm Chevy Chase, and I'm better than you?"  Aren't talk show hosts supposed to be likeable?










9. Homeboys in Outer Space.  Americans don't do humorous sci-fi well, especially when the premise is that the two space explorers are black stereotypes.   But I am interested in seeing Flex Alexander flex.

10. CavemenThe cavemen from a series of Geico Insurance commercials, who protest the slogan "So easy, a caveman could do it."  Now they're an oppressed minority dealing with prejudice and discrimination in the modern world.  A one joke series, no gay people anywhere, and you can't see any physiques under all the makeup.



11. Killer Instinct.  Finally, one that is not a sitcom.  Dramas can be horrible, too, you know.  It was about cops investigating "deviant crime." After a lifetime of being called "deviant" for being gay, I was not interested in finding out what types of crimes those were.  But here they are: death by spider, a serial killer who targets sex offenders, Egyptian mythology-inspired murders, death by crossbow,









12. Woops.  The hilarious shenanigans of refugees from a nuclear holocaust.  They search for food, try to reproduce, elect a leader, celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, and, later find a new teenage survivor to draw in the kiddie crowd (played by teen idol David Lascher).  It doesn't sound much different from The Last Man on Earth.


Nov 20, 2019

"The Crown", Season 3: More Hunks, Fewer Gay People


I loved the first two seasons of The Crown: the inner workings of Buckingham Palace in the 1940s and 1950s, as young Queen Elizabeth gets her first taste of power.  No references to gay people, no beefcake to speak of, not even many cute guys.  But you hardly noticed amid the beautifully realized sets and costumes.

I couldn't wait for Season 3, which extends the story into the 1960s and 1970s: the Queen (now played by Olivia Colman) struggling to maintain the facade of respectability as the winds of change sweep around her. The Beatles, Carnaby Street, youth protests, psychedelic drugs, the Wolfenden Report, the rise of the Gay Rights Movement in Britain. 

Except none of those things appear.  The winds of change involve threats to royal prestige: a new prime minister from the anti-royalist Labor Party; nationalistic fervor in Wales; and endless (but rather dull) financial problems.

But wait -- there were lots of prominent gay people in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s.  Prince Charles himself was the subject of constant gay rumors.  Surely there's some reference?

Nope.

But at least there's more beefcake.

Episode 1: The Queen's art advisor, Sir Anthony Blunt (Samuel West), turns out to be a Russian spy.  He's also gay, but the fact is not mentioned.

Episode 2:  Britain needs a bail-out from the U.S., but President Johnson is playing hard-to-get.  As a last resort, the Queen sends the wilding Princess Margaret to dinner at the White House, where he enjoys her drunken antics and hands over the money.  Best line: Lyndon Johnson: "You can't screw a man in the ass and expect him to send you flowers." I guess not.  The top usually sends the flowers.




Episode 3: The Queen responds to the October 1966 disaster in the Welsh mining village of Aberfan: a mudslide engulfed a school, killing 116 children and 28 adults.  Way too sad for me; I didn't watch.  But Jack Parry-Jones plays one of the teachers.













Episode 4: Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice, who has been living in a convent in Greece, moves into Buckingham Palace.  Oh, no, the mother-in-law.

Episode 5: England is in a financial crisis.  The Queen bonds with her new race horse manager (John Hollingworth, left).

I'd date him.





Episode 6: With Wales clamoring for independence, Prince Charles (Josh O'Connell, left) is ordered to spend a semester studying Welsh at a university in Aberystwyth,  so he won't be entirely clueless in his role as Prince of Wales. 

Charles is a shy, sensitive young man whose best friend is his sister and who would really prefer to be an actor.  All sorts of gay stereotypes --  but nothing comes of it except a little buddy-bond with his Welsh Nationalist tutor.



Episode 7:  The 1969 moon landing results in Prince Philip getting a midlife crisis.  Look for Andrew Lee Potts as Michael Collins.

Episode 8: Camilla Shand's boyfriend, Andrew Parker Bowles (Andrew Buchan), dumps her for Princess Anne, so she revenge-dates Anne's brother, Prince Charles.  Isn't there any room for Charles-Andrew in this love rectangle?

Episode 9: A coal miners' strike.  Meanwhile the family breaks up Charles and Camilla.  So much for the gay rumors.

Episode 10:  Princess Margaret starts an affair with Roddy (Harry Treadaway, top photo), which leaks to the tabloids, and results in divorce.

The show is nice to look at, but becoming somewhat tedious for those of us not enthralled by British economic history. And would it hurt to include just one reference to gay people: "The tabloids are saying that Charles is what????"





Nov 19, 2019

Fall 1982: Prince Charles is Gay, And Other Things I Learned in College

In the fall of 1982,  I moved to Indiana University to work on my M.A. in English.  One night -- Saturday, September 25th, to be exact -- I bolstered my courage enough to walk the mile or so into downtown Bloomington and go into adult bookstore.  The clerk, an obese man in a dirty t-shirt, was watching Love Boat on a small black-and-white tv set.  I asked "Do you have anything gay?" and without looking up he jerked his thumb toward a rack near the bathroom.  It contained straight softcore porn like Playboy and Penthouse, but also the gay news magazines The Advocate, Christopher Street, and In Touch -- plus, on a bottom shelf, the directory, The Gayellow Pages.








I bought them all, along with a Playboy for cover, and rushed back to my dorm room, and read them all that night.  One of the articles listed 10 reasons why Prince Charles was...you know. (They didn't say "gay" for fear of a lawsuit): he was musical and artistic, enjoyed the theater, and often wore the color pink.   He was a hunk, with a tight, muscular physique.  And more importantly, he was never seen with women, but often seen with attractive men, some of whom worked as his "butlers" or "valets," where they had intimate access to his bedchamber.



But: Prince Charles' fairytale wedding to Lady Diana Spencer last year, in July 1981, was a major event, televised worldwide.  Their romance was the subject of two tv movies, both coincidentally airing a few days ago: Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story on September 17th, and The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana on September 20th.   He had a son, Prince William, born July 1982.  (Prince Harry, bottom photo) would be born in 1984). How could he be gay?

 But he was well over 30 when he married, the article stated, and he picked Diana seemingly at random.  His mother, Queen Elizabeth, no doubt pressured him into it.  It was a screen.

At the time, I thought that gay people were physically, emotionally, and spiritually unable to engage in heterosexual relations, even as a screen, so I was astonished.


Thirty years later, Prince Charles is still the subject of gay rumors.  They may or may not be true.  But he was essential to my first realization that the gay world was more vast and complex than anything I had ever imagined.

See also: My First Visit to an Adult Bookstore

The Soloflex Guy


In 1984, ads for Soloflex home gym equipment with this model began to appear in magazines, and an infomercial began to play nonstop on tv, and gay male teenagers all over the world froze in their tracks.  Who was this Michelangelo's David come to life?  Or was he a Greek god descended from Olympus?

Turns out that he was a mortal, a former high school gymnast named Scott Madsen, who was waiting tables in a seafood restaurant while attending the University of Wisconsin when he answered a modeling ad.

Fame was instantaneous.  His poster sold 700,000 copies.  He released an exercise video, featuring Soloflex equipment, of course.  He was interviewed by fitness magazines. He published an exercise book, Peak Condition. 




Everyone thought that he was gay.  He was so obviously inviting the male gaze, so obviously displaying himself in ways that emphasized not only sinewy hardness, but flexibility and vulnerability. Gay.






Then, in 1986, Scott vanished, no doubt because Soloflex figured out that he was a gay icon, and didn't want gay business. They replaced him with Mitch Gaylord (left) and Frank Zane, and added a woman's hand to their shoulders to make sure everyone understood the target audience.

Scott Madsen wasn't gay after all.  He was straight, and homophobic!  In an interview, the man who became famous by being gazed at by gay men complained that he didn't want to be "chased around the room by faggots."

Scott resurfaced briefly in 2010, when a federal court sentenced him to two years in prison for embezzling $248,000 from Adair Financial Services, where he worked for his uncle.

Nov 18, 2019

"Klaus": A Silver Daddy, a Twink, and a Bagful of Toys

I'm not usually one for Christmas movies.  All tinsel and holly and heteronormativity. But Klaus (2019) promised a gay (or gay subtext) romance: 

Jesper (indie star Jason Schwartzman) is a 19th century entitled Generation Z twink.  Son of the Postmaster General of an unnamed European kingdom (probably Sweden), he deliberately screws up every job he's given, content to live it up on Daddy's money.  Finally Dad puts his foot down: Jesper must start a working postal service in the far-north town of Schmeerensburg, and personally stamp 6,000 letters, or he'll be cut off.



Upon arriving in Schmeerensburg, Jesper encounters Klaus, a gigantic hermit who makes toys.  He gets the bright idea of distributing the toys to any child who writes a letter requesting one, thus fulfilling his obligation and re-integrating Klaus into society.  Complication, complication, reform, and voila!  Santa Claus and boyfriend!  The stark, clear, homoerotic image of Silver Daddy and twink in a sleigh riding off into the future.

Yes, I do imagine what their bedroom activities might be like.  "So, Klaus, are you big...everywhere?"

But I've been fooled by gay teases before.  To be on the safe side, I watch the trailer.  No women appear except for the elderly crone Mrs. Krumm.

I read a few reviews.  No mention of hetero-romances, just the two guys.

So I start watching.  The animation is striking, like old watercolors;  the detail of a 19th century Swedish town amazing.

Dad mentions a few of Jesper's hedonistic pleasures: galas, music halls, no women.

So far, so good.

Mogens (Norm MacDonald) ferries Jesper to the island.  And hits on him.

So far, so good.

Schmeerensburg is a grey, rotting, decrepit old fishing village.  Crime, violence, and general creepiness are rampant. The children are Wednesday Addams-gloomy.  A bell rings, and everyone starts fighting.  Ring the bell again, and they freeze in place.

Jesper seeks refuge in a decrepit school turned into a fish shop, and meets...

The Girl.

No one mentioned a Girl!

Well, she does appear at the bottom left of the poster, but separated from Jensen. Maybe they're just friends.

I fast-forward to the closing scenes, to make sure.

Klaus and Jesper's  scheme of distributing toys in exchange for letters has turned the town around.  It's brightly colored now, and there's no crime (if you're naughty, you don't get a present).   Everyone is happy.

Jesper is married to Alva.   They have two children. They kiss.

You couldn't leave it alone, could you?  The pristine beauty of two men together wasn't good enough.  You had to separate them, throw in a heterosexual romance.

But what about Klaus? Surely he's gay?

12 years into the Christmastime toy distribution, Klaus hears a wind blowing, says "I'm coming, love," and vanishes (but continues to deliver the toys).

Razzle-frazzing hermit was mourning a lost wife all along!

Tis the season for gay teases.

Nov 17, 2019

"The Club": Dynasty, Ecstasy, and Gay-Positive Hunks

What's with Netflix and the nondescript one-word titles.  According to Wikipedia, "The Club" is the title of 4 movies, 4 tv series, 2 video games, and a radio show

This one, originally entitled El Club (2019), is the writing/directing debut of Mexican actress Camila Ibarra, otherwise known as Ruth Martin in the prison drama Capadocia (2008-2012).  It's every telenovela you've ever seen:  impossibly beautiful people arguing in impossibly elegant houses (every room must have at least five chandeliers), then stomping out in anger and driving off their impossibly fancy cars.   Forbidden romance, generational conflict, blackmail, betrayal, murder.  And, in this case, drogas.



Trust fund baby Pablo (Alejandro Speitzer, top photo) is trying to distance himself from his domineering, bigoted, ultra-wealthy Dad (Omar Germenos, left).

So, along with sometime girlfriend Sofia and computer whiz Matias, he starts a business selling Ecstasy.  Of course, plot complications ensue: a drug cartel has already cornered the Ecstasy trade, and its jefe, El Monkey, doesn't like the competition.

Ok, Mexican drug cartels produce heroin and some marijuana, and transport cocaine.  They don't handle Ecstasy because it's a party drug, easily substitutable and not very expensive.  But whatever.


In a gay plotline,younger brother Santiago (Alejandro Puente) goes off to Stanford and finds a boyfriend.  The evil Nico sends a film of the two going at it to all of Dad's friends, resulting in a conflagration at Christmastime.  "In my family there are no queers!" Dad yells.  Santiago decks him.  "I'm not queer, I'm gay!"

Rather an old-fashioned storyline, considering that same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City and many Mexican states since 2010. It reminds me of Dynasty, 30 years ago.

But the cast is super-gay positive.


1. Alejandro Speiser as Pablo.  In June 2019, Alejandro and fellow actor Erik Elias celebrated Gay Pride by kissing.  "I'm not gay, but love is love," he told the startled tabloid reporters.

2. Omar Germenos as the family patriarch.  Omar played a gay character in Donde está Elisa?

3. Jorge Caballero (left), seen here with his boyfriend, Colombian singer Esteman, as Matias, the computer whiz.






4. Axel Arenas, who starred in the gay-themed Tremulo, as Jonás. In non-gay news, in 2018, Arenas was arrested for the murder of a female escort, but released after he proved that he was not in the country at the time.








5. Martin Saracho as Max.  Martin starred in Estupida historia de amor en Winnipeg, about a gay couple trying to find a new life in a small town in Canada.












6. Nacho Tahhan, who starred in the Spanish version of the gay-themed Angels in America,  as Gonzalo Cisneros














7. Marco Tostado as Diego, Sofia's anti-drug boyfriend.   He played  a gay character in a telenovela.  And he has a chest.






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