Announcing the 2012 AfterElton Hot 100!

Prepare yourselves for the 100 hottest men on Earth!

This year in our sixth annual Hot 100 reader poll, over ninety thousand votes were cast by our readers for over fifteen hundred different men. We tallied the votes and ranked the top 100 vote-getters.

Given our readership of gay men and their friends, it’s no surprise that gay or bi guys are well-represented on this year’s Hot 100 (roughly 20%). And many of the straight folks who made the cut have either played compelling gay roles before, or have spoken up in support of marriage equality and GLBT rights. Our diverse list includes actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes. And we’re thrilled to note that men of color are better represented than they have been in previous years.

Will last year’s winner Darren Criss pull off a repeat? What up and coming hot celebrities made the cut for the first time? All will be revealed in the gallery below.

100. Joshua Bowman

Making his first appearance on this list, the 24-year-old British actor currently draws our attention as troubled rich boy Daniel Grayson on ABC’s Revenge.

You can find him on Twitter at @OfficialBowman

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty


99. Alan Ritchson

He made quite a splash as Smallville‘s Aquaman, but we didn’t find out he had a sense of humor until his sublime turn as Thad Castle in Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State.

Follow him on Twitter @alanritchson

Photo: Clinton Gaughran/AfterElton


98. Jon Hamm

Mad Men‘s Don Draper makes heavy drinking and sixties slim cut suits irresistible. Small wonder the man who plays him is on this list.

Photo: Vera Anderson/WireImage


97. Alex Pettyfer

Shirtless in Beastly, sure to be even more exposed in the upcoming Magic Mike. We’re liking this British import.

Photo: CBS Films


96. Dylan O’Brien

As cute sidekick Stiles, he’s possibly greatest thing about the impossibly addictive Teen Wolf.

Photo: Leslie Bryce/Troix Magazine


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