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I always wondered who was a closeted actor on the soaps. I saw a "most eligible" magazine post from 1977 in the archives. I know Val Dufour, George Reinholt, as well as sadly many of the male actors from the soaps who died young(less than 60) due to complications from AIDS circa 1983-1997ish. Any others. This is not to invade people's privacy. It's a different world now.

 

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Maureen Garrett

Kevin Spirtas

Paul Anthony Stewart

Michael Corbett

 

All came out after their time on soaps

 

Edited by j swift

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A lot of those actors were out to co-workers and even to some members of the press but not to the general public. But Paul Anthony Stewart brought partners/boyfriends to public events. Tuc Watkins, Murray Bartlett, and Nick Scotti were pretty much fixtures on the NYC gay nightlife scene in the 90s/00s. They weren’t really hiding.

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The point has been made before that the soap press has always been complicit in the "closeting" of actors.  Many gay actors have commented that if a writer knew their sexuality then the magazine profile just would not focus on their dating life.   Certainly, by the 1990s, productions were not actively suppressing stories about actors, more often it was a fan-driven press with a misguided effort to self-censor the topic.

 

Not to go off on a tangent, - but - it is interesting that as a member of the gay soap audience, we've tolerated magazines profiting off of photos of shirtless soap hunks pretending that their only subscribers were female while often including insensitive remarks.  In our review of the 1990 SOD Tumblr there have been numerous examples of humor derived from a misperception that sexuality is dependant upon binary gender roles that would (hopefully) make a modern reader cringe.  

 

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Wesley Eure

Chris Bernau

John Wesley Shipp

Peter Burnell

Robert LaTourneaux

Maureen Garrett

Tom Fuccello

Timothy Patrick Murphy

Paul Keenan

David Oliver

Bill Beyers

Irving Lee

Dennis Parker (bi)

 

This list could continue for as long as most soaps.

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8 minutes ago, vetsoapfan said:

Wesley Eure

Chris Bernau

John Wesley Shipp

Peter Burnell

Robert LaTourneaux

Maureen Garrett

Tom Fuccello

Timothy Patrick Murphy

Paul Keenan

David Oliver

Bill Beyers

Irving Lee

Dennis Parker (bi)

 

This list could continue for as long as most soaps.

Had no clue about JWS.  I only know Tom Fuccello from his Dallas time...very good looking man. I thought Timothy Patrick Murphy was bisexual. He sure was hot on Dallas.

 

Chris Bernau shocked me. He always had the ladies man vibe back in the 80's. 

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13 minutes ago, NothinButAttitude said:

 

Wait--what?!
 

You mean my Danny Santos plays for the same team?! 

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Oh no, I thought it was common knowledge. (Of course, I posted at Datalounge in the late ‘90s, and folks over there outed everyone.) He’s married now (here’s the wedding announcement) and his husband is featured all over his IG.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, NothinButAttitude said:

 

Wait--what?!
 

You mean my Danny Santos plays for the same team?! 

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LOL...I thought PAS being gay was common knowledge already? Here is a pic of him and his boyfriend....

 

 

And his husband is 16 younger than him....good for him...he is the article from above...

 

Paul Stewart, 48, and Michael Cook, 32, first spotted each other through a crowd in 2010. (Paul: “It was a lesbian bar at 4 a.m. — isn’t that how we all meet our husbands?”) Five years later, Paul, an actor, proposed to Michael, a stylist and fashion editor, while they watched a meteor shower from the backyard of their Catskills house — which became the obvious choice for the wedding venue. “We spend a lot of time in the city, but this is our home,” Michael says. “Every weekend, we were mowing the paths and weeding the gardens to get it ready.” Their 50 guests gathered around a newly planted tree for the ceremony; for the reception, they followed the grooms down a path to find the caterers roasting chicken and whole lamb over a fire, the tables lined with moss. “People were traveling from all over,” Paul says. “We didn’t want to spend a minute without them.”

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2 minutes ago, Costello said:

Oh no, I thought it was common knowledge. (Of course, I posted at Datalounge in the late ‘90s, so I knew who was gay on soaps long before I witnessed it firsthand in NYC.) He’s married now (here’s the wedding announcement) and his husband is featured all over his IG.

 

 

 

2 minutes ago, Soapsuds said:

LOL...I thought PAS being gay was common knowledge already? Here is a pic of him and his boyfriend....

 

 

 

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This b*tch is married?! How dare he!

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