Jake Gyllenhaal has topped a poll of the Hot 100 gay icons. The 27-year-old actor, who famously starred as a gay man in Brokeback Montain with Heath Ledger, came first in the survey of 100,000 people on gay website AfterElton.com, for the second consecutive year. The website said:
“What accounts for Jake’s ongoing appeal to gay men? His doe-eyed, boy next door (yet somehow smouldering) looks certainly don’t hurt, but we suspect what really makes gay men go for him is that he doesn’t have an issue going for us. Jake has done as much as any actor to show straight guys there isn’t a good reason to be afraid of gay guys or gay roles.”
Jake beat ‘Torchwood’ star John Barrowman and ‘Brothers and Sister’s actor Luke McFarlane to the top spot.
Meanwhile, on AfterEllen.com – the lesbian counterpart to AfterElton.com – ’30 Rock’ comedienne Tina Fey came top of the Hot 100 gay women list saying:
“Take one part Fey’s support of the LGBT community, add her critical and comedic success in 30 Rock and Baby Mama (not to mention her hilarious Saturday Night Live sketches), mix it all together with some awesome black-rimmed glasses and bicurious shoes, and you’ve got a new lesbian icon. Smart, sexy, funny and down-to-earth: That’s what lesbians like!”
Tina beat talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, her girlfriend Portia de Rossi and ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ star Kristanna Loken to first place.