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Dan Dailey
1913 -

DAN DAILEY, American actor, born (d. 1978); Dailey was one of 20th Century Fox’s most reliable and versatile actors. Whether he was appearing in a glossy musical as a song and dance man squiring Betty Grable through her routines or acting in a straight drama role, he brightened many an otherwise undistinguished film.

In fact, it’s hard to think of many Fox pictures made between the late ‘40s and late ‘50s that he wasn’t in. Many people who were based in Hollywood or New York during those years remember his visits to the local Gay bars, the polite whispers without pointing, and the path that parted like the Red Sea when he walked by. One wonders whether anyone ever so much as talked to him. Cesar Romero, in his outrageous interview in Boze Hadleigh’s Hollywood Gays, confirms it though.

Bob Paris
1960 -

BOB PARIS, American bodybuilder and Gay Rights advocate, born; The former Mr. Universe, and International Federation of BodyBuilders professional bodybuilder, Bob Paris is a writer, public speaker and civil rights activist. He acknowledged his sexuality in the July 1989 issue of Ironman magazine and has graced the covers of scores of magazines worldwide.

After Paris officially came out as a Gay man in the media, he and his then-partner, Rod Jackson, became involved in Marriage Equality advocacy, started successful non-profits, lectured on a wide variety of Gay civil rights issues, and made many television, radio, newspaper and magazine appearances. The two separated in 1995. Today, Paris lives with his spouse of eleven years, on an island near  Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition to his writing career, Bob Paris remains a committed civil rights advocate as well as a motivational speaker, model and actor. In  1998, he made his New York stage debut, starring at Carnegie Hall opposite Bea Arthur. Sandy Duncan and Tyne Daly in the Broadway musical, Jubilee as the character Mowgli. He is one of the subject of photographer Herb Ritts’ gorgeous book, Duo. His official website is:

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