Monday, 17 January 2011 04:11
Can I have a show of hands of how many of you think you were "born gay?" Here’s a fun site: Born Gay Born This Way!
Visitors are asked to post photographs of themselves as children that made it pretty obvious, that
(as one of the posters remarks) “No one was betting I was going to grow up to be a lumberjack.”
Do you have any old photographs that gave a pretty good indication you’d grow up and be enjoying a site like CompeteNetwork.com
, lol? I went through the photos posted so far in the hopes of discovering a little leaguer or soccer tot that was “in the pink,” but the closest I could find was cute little Laurie B. in her baseball cap and her "I was born to boogie" shirt. She shared the fact she didn't play with dolls.
The site has lots of little boys in dresses, When it comes to the Princess Boy –“you can’t be first, but you can be next.” One of my personal favorites from the site is Isaac. I think you can probably pick out Isaac from his two brothers, and know who was the one who grew up to be fabu--
I decided to do a “reverse-engineering,” trying to see if I could find pictures of openly gay celebs and to see if you could get a hint of Glitter (or Black Leather) early on. The problem I faced was how few “kid” pictures there are of say, Out athletes. For example, you’d think I could at least find a picture of Johnny Weir as a munchkin…nada, zip, zilch.
Ah, well--here's one of Adam Lambert before he started dying his hair with essence of midnight and using a lot of guyliner…
So I went for something easy—and came up double dipping. I tried to think of an Out celeb who got his or her start as a kid star.
If you recall, Ricky Martin was originally part of a boy band when they really were boys.
Here’s a photo of him from the Menudo days—and would you say there’s a suggestion he was not “going to grow up to be a lumberjack?”
And then to my surprise…it turns out the very youngest Menudo member (he was the baby of the group, when Ricky was the oldest)--was Angelo Garcia.
Here's a cute shot of them where Ricky was teaching little Angelo how to swim. Angelo was born in New York and didn't speak Spanish, which was a drawback when you're in a boy band named Menudo, and performing for Latino audiences.
Now--jump to 2010, when the grown up Angelo Garcia formally came out before Ricky Martin. Angelo has spent a hell of a lot of time in the gym. He's still singing and you can discover more about his music (and a number of photo albums) on his webpage. It probably won't come as a shock he's worked as a male stripper and has posed nude for a male erotica site.
Here’s a more recent picture of him from his website
And don't think he's just another pretty face with an incredible rear--he is also lauded on the homepage of Central Florida University where he received a degree in Communications. I do notice they don't mention his more "adult" activities.
And I don't know about you...I might have pegged Ricky Martin as growing up to be a gay adult, based on his kid shots. But I would never have suspected little 10 year old Angelo on the back of 18 year old Ricky by the swimming pool was going to turn out like--well, you can see exactly how he turned out, lol.
In fact, I'm sure you'd appreciate seeing a second photo of Mr. Garcia. I like to think of this as "quality control" so you know the first photo wasn't some sort of fluke. So--second helping: