The 20 Most Famous Out Gay Men of Color (According to Twitter)
#10 Guillermo Diaz 64,500+ Twitter Followers
“Scarface” is probably my favorite character from the 1998 Dave Chappelle comedy Half Baked. The 38-year-old openly gay actor Guillermo Diaz has been working non-stop since then with recurring roles on the Showtime series Weeds and the NBC show Mercy. The openly gay actor can now be seen as “Huck” on the mega-gay-popular ABC show Scandal. I’m still impressed at the 64,500+ Twitter followers he has, props!
#09 Alex Newell 93,600+ Twitter Followers
At only 20-years-old, Alew Newell went from a high school student to starring in a recurring role on the popular network show, Glee. I’ve never watched the show, never have, never will…but apparently he did a decent enough job that he was asked to come back even more episodes of the show. Not surprising, he’s skyrocketed in popularity with the gay community to garner over 93,000 followers on Twitter.
People that put their feet on the backs of theater seats just to rest them are the reason Theatres need to be refurbished more than often
— Alex Newell (@ANew92) May 4, 2013
#08 Jason Collins 105,500+ Twitter Followers
By now, everyone has heard of 34-year-old NBA center Jason Collins thanks to his surprising Coming Out letter published in Sports Illustrated. Standing at 7ft tall, he’s not only one of the tallest Out black gay men in the country, he’s also one of the most famous racking in over 105,000 Twitter followers.
#07 Shaun T 128,800+ Twitter Followers
Abs. Insanity Abs. Insanity Hip Hop Abs. Those are words you think of when you hear the name Shaun T. Most people working out to his fitness videos don’t even know that Shaun is both openly gay and married. He’s built up over 120,000 Twitter followers so far. That’s over 20,000 followers for each chiseled ab on his torso. Get it, Shaun!
#06 Andre Leon Talley 148,300+ Twitter Followers
63-year-old Andre Leon Talley is probably best known recently as a judge on America’s Next Top Model for 4 seasons, but the fashion world has known him much longer than that. He is the former Editor-at-Large for Vogue Magazine and has worked with the company since 1983, only recently deciding to step away as contributing editor. He’s close with celebs like Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Kimora Lee Simmons and Venus Williams, amongst others.
Back. Check out Huffington Post on my new book Little Black Dress,which debuts Friday at BookMarc, Marc Jacob’s bookstore, NYC.Great post.
— Andre Leon Talley (@OfficialALT) April 10, 2013
When I met Atlanta resident Don Lemon for the first time, admittedly my Gaydar went off. Real Talk. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good thing and it was even better when he came Out publicly as gay soon after in his memoir, Transparent, which we named Best Non-Fiction Book in the Cypher Avenue Best of 2011 Awards. He’s a talented, Emmy Award winning journalist and news anchor who’s earned every one of the 181,000+ Twitter Followers he’s received.
“The NBA’s Jason Collins says he’s gay, making him the first openly homosexual athlete in a major American team sport.” — CNN
— Don Lemon (@DonLemonCNN) April 29, 2013
RuPaul Andre Charles is…well….RuPaul. Everyone knows this guy…or girl…whatever. If you only see one drag queen in your life it will probably be RuPaul. While I’m not personally a fan, I gotta give RuPaul some credit for managing to not only keep working but to get more popular in the process. His shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U both continue to bring in huge numbers for the Logo network.
Drunk on fame; Until that first dose, U never know if someone’s gonna be a happy drunk or a mean drunk
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) May 4, 2013
#03 George Takei 649,100+ Twitter Followers
As us gay scifi fans anxiously await the release of the new Star Trek film, we can celebrate the famous Japanese-American actor George Takei from the original Star Trek series. When the actor that played the pilot of the Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, came out in 2005, he revealed that he’d already been in a committed relationship for 18 years with the man he would eventually marry. Since then he’s been a staunch proponent for Gay Rights with a fantastic sense of humor (based on his hilarious daily Facebook and Twitter posts).
Lincoln & the final Twilight opened same week. One concerns a dark chapter in history we must never repeat. The other’s about a president.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 23, 2012
#02 Frank Ocean 2,496,400+ Twitter Followers
might be the big ant on the farm-but still an ant.
— frank ocean (@frank_ocean) April 25, 2013
EDITORS NOTE: Frank Ocean recently deleted his Twitter account.
#01 Ricky Martin 8,694,200+ Twitter Followers
Livin’ la Vida Loca. Yup. Ricky Martin is the most famous openly gay man of color (according to his nearly 9 Million Followers on Twitter). This actually makes sense as Martin has sold over 70 MILLION ALBUMS! Not to mention the many awards he’s won and platinum plaques he’s accumulated.
To be honest, ever since he first danced onto the scene, Martin had to deal with gay rumors. When he eventually confirmed that he was homosexual in 2010, many people felt that he confirmed what they already knew. But what he did was still courageous nonetheless. Not only has Ricky embraced his sexuality publicly, he’s also become a vocal and tireless public advocate for gay rights.
If anything this entire list shows that no matter the pressure, fear of rejection and ridicule a person of color may face in America for coming out as gay, its still possible to rise above all of the negativity and still be loved by the masses.
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