Who's Who

A Who's Who of Gay Denver:

Michael Beatty, HIV/AIDS activist: Formerly Denver-based HIV/AIDS activist and recipient of the 2010 Carl Frazier award winner Michael Beatty now works at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Timothy Boham, pornstar/Playgirl model/murderer: Timothy John Boham also known as Marcus Allen (born May 27, 1981), is a former adult film star who was convicted of the first-degree shooting death of 43-year-old Denver businessman John Paul "J P" Kelso.

Neal Cassady, writer: Raised in Denver, Cassady was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s. He served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road.

Scott Coors, philanthropist: The openly gay son of the founder of the Golden, Colorado-based Coors Brewing Company, Scott Coors has served as president of the company's Lesbian And Gay Employee Resource. 

Mark Ferrandino, politician: Mark Ferrandino was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives through a vacancy committee in September 2007. 

Nina Flowers/DJ Flowers, drag queen/RuPaul's Drag Race contestant: First-runner up of the original season of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and host of Drama Drag at Denver's Tracks nightclub.

Gerald Gerash, attorney/activist: Attorney, activist and documentarian Gerash was one of the co-founders of the organization that went on to become The GLBT Community Center of Colorado. Check out his documentary 'Gay Revolt At Denver City Council Oct. 23, 1973 And The Beginnings Of An Organized Gay Community'.

Mondo Guerra, fashion designer/Project Runway contestant: 32-year old Denverite Mondo Guerra was a fan favorite on Season 8 of 'Project Runway' and ended up runner-up on his season. 

Tim Gill, philanthropist: A software entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tim Gill started  the Denver, Colorado-based Gill Foundation in 1994. 

Allen Ginsburg, poet: The controversial Beat Poet started a poetry school in Boulder, Colorado at Naropa University  in 1974 called the "Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics".

Ted Haggard, evangelist: Ted Haggard is the founder and former pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado who was outed in 2006 as a client and sexual partner of Denver-based escort Mike Jones. In June of 2010, Haggard and his wife launched St. James Church in Colorado Springs. In 2011, Haggard came out as bisexual.

Rod Jackson, bodybuilder/model: Rod Jackson was the manager of Denver's Broadway Bodyworks in the late 1980s when he met Bob Paris, who was in town for a bodybuilding seminar. The two were married in 1989 and officially split in 1996.

Mike Jones, escort: A Colorado native, Mike Jones worked as an escort and massage therapist from 1980 until 2006 when he broke the news of his affair with nationally known evangelist Ted Haggard.

Matt Kailey, author/speaker/activist: Matt Kailey is a Colorado-based award-winning writer, editor, and nationally recognized speaker and transgender activist.  

Phil Nash, activist: A seminal figure in gay activism in Colorado, Nash was the first employee of The GLBT Community Center of Colorado and was instrumental in growing Colorado AIDS Project.

Donaciano Martinez, activist: A volunteer activist for several nonprofit causes in Colorado since 1964. 

Ryan Miller, athlete: Former professional snowboarder and one Advocate’s “100 Most Influential Gays and Lesbians” of 2001, Miller now works as marketing director of Colorado's gay snowboarding event Outboard.

Kirk Montgomery, multi-media journalist/entertainment reporter: Kirk Montgomery is an Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter for Denver's KUSA.

Matthew Morris, owner Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare/Shear Genius contestant: Award-winning stylist Matthew Morris' salon was named 'Best Salon in Colorado' by Elle magazine in 2008 and 2008 and he nabbed third place honors on his season of 'Shear Genius' on Bravo. 

Peter Orlovsky, poet: Orlovsky, lifelong partner of Allen Ginsburg, joined the faculty of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, teaching poetry in 1974.

Chris Parente, reporter/TV presenter: Chris Parente is an Emmy Award-winning Denver entertainment reporter and television host. 

Bob Paris, bodybuilder/actor: Former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Bob Paris met his future husband Rod Jackson in the late 1980s at Broadway Bodyworks, winner of Westword's Best of Denver 1998 Award for Best Gay Gym.

Jared Polis, politician: Jared Polis was elected to the United States Congress in November 2008. 

Rockstar Aaron, nightlife personality: Rockstar Aaron has played at some of the largest nightclubs in Denver including, Vinyl, Evolution, The Loft, Rise, The Church, Lipgloss, Tracks, Compound, and Red Rocks.

Hal Rockland, pornstar: A former stripper at The Metro in Denver, Rockland became gay porn royalty, along with his two brothers Vince and Shane, during the 1990s. After leaving the adult industry, Rockland returned to Colorado where he lives with his wife and children, according to IMDB.

Pat Steadman, politician: Pat Steadman was selected in May 2009 to fill a vacancy in the Colorado State Senate that occurred when former Sen. Jennifer Veiga announced her resignation.

DJ Shane Stiel, DJ:  Born and raised in Colorado, DJ Shane Stiel caught the music bug while still a teenager. He's made a name for himself on the Denver gay nightlife scene and in San Francisco with a residency at legendary gay dance club The Endup. 

Andy Szekeres, political consultant: A nationally known political consultant and one of the top fundraisers in the country, Szekeres specializes in gay issues and is also a co-founder of 3PG Consulting.

Dylan Vox, actor: Actor, athlete, and former pornstar Dylan Vox studied various performing and athletic disciplines at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and Denver's Academy of the Arts before finding success as a mainstream actor in such TV shows as 'The Lair' and 'Dante's Cove' and films like 'H1N1: Virus X' and ''Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus'.

Drew Wilson, GLBT media expert: Award-winning blogger, author, radio and television talk show host Drew Wilson is one of the gayest gays who ever gayed.

Sean Wolfe, author: Lambda Literary Award-nominated Colorado-based author of such books as 'Eight Inches,' 'Midnight Hunger,' and 'Taboo.'