What would you do if you were surrounded by 100 of the hottest men on Earth?
You’re about to be, because we have the results of the 2011 AfterElton Hot
Just a few statistics… For this our fifth annual poll, almost 10,000
readers lodged over 50,000 name votes, nominating more than a thousand different men.
Of the top 100, nearly a quarter of them are out gay or bisexual men, so way
to go home team!
As is becoming an annual ritual, there is some unpleasant news. Only seven
guys on the Hot 100 are men of color –
up from six last year. We think this speaks to the relative lack of racial
minorities among the ranks of TV and movie celebrities (where most Hot 100
picks come from). But given that only 70% of the U.S. is white, it’s also worth asking:
do some gay and bisexual men need to broaden their definition of what it means
to be hot?
In terms of professions represented, the list is slightly more diverse than
last year, with 83 men being TV, movie, and Broadway actors (compared to 88
last year). The rest come from a variety of other fields including musicians,
athletes, journalists, ballroom dancers, and even British royalty.
Not surprisingly, most of the straight folks on the list have either played
gay roles before, or have spoken up in favor of GLBT rights. Also not
surprisingly, most guys who might be hot but either avoid gay issues or have
expressed discomfort with gay folks didn’t even come close to making the list.
This year’s winner was a bit of an upset. We won’t spoil the surprise,
but we will tell you that he’s not a repeat winner from any previous year. In
fact, this is the first year he’s even appeared in the rankings!
Do you like the results this year – or are you disappointed? Either way, why
not spread your thoughts via social media like Facebook and Twitter?
One reminder: please don’t reveal the winner in your comment’s subject line,
since some folks like to be surprised.
Finally, we kindly ask that you do not copy and reproduce the entire Hot 100
list anywhere else. We work very hard
putting this together and ask that if you’d like to say something about the
list on your own site, that’s great, but please then link back to the list in
its entirety here!
Next page: This year’s Hot 100!