Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson marries Monte Lapka

A month ago Broadway favorite Cheyenne Jackson (right) married physicist Monte Lapka (left), his partner of 11 years, in a beach ceremony in the Hamptons. The star's wedding ceremony was held the day before he appeared in concert at Guild Hall in East Hampton on September 4, 2011.

Jackson tweeted the good news with the following message: “It's official, after 11 years together, Zora’s no longer a bastard. Married the best man I've ever known.” The actor’s happy message referred to the couple’s beloved dog, Zora.

Jackson’s Broadway credits include Finian's Rainbow, Xanadu, Thoroughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up and Aida. He has guest starred on popular television series, including 30 Rock, Glee and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jackson will be the guest artist performing with the New York Pops in concert, "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era," at Carnegie Hall on November 18, 2011.

In a TV interview before the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, Jackson commented, “My dream wedding involves just close friends and good music…our dog would be there...pretty boring, but something just nice and on the beach.”

It appears their dream came true.

In 2006, Cheyenne portrayed gay hero Mark Bingham in Universal Pictures Academy Award nominated film, "United 93", directed by famed British film maker Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday, and The Bourne Supremacy).

Nathan Lane visits Cheyenne Jackson backstage after a performance of the Broadway musical Xanadu:

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