Out 100 taps Atlanta guest star Wilson Cruz

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Part time Atlanta resident and fulltime gay hunk Wilson Cruz snagged a coveted spot in the 2014 list of Out 100 celebrigays this week. The spread shows how combining acting and activism, for him, is inspired.

This year’s Out magazine rundown of its picks for the gayest and greatest of 2014 – not to be confused with the glossy’s power-top gay mafia – came out this week with honorees re-enacting inspiring moments in gay history for a “On the Shoulders of Giants” theme.

As Out touts Wilson's work with GLAAD and role on the Atlanta-shot “Red Band Society,” Wilson (top photo) selects the day that Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy” hit theaters for his inspiring moment. He recreates an iconic scene from the movie, complete with bathrobe and bunny slippers (right photo), and explains why he chose that gay flashback.

Harvey Fierstein taught me how to be a man and an artist,” Cruz says of the writer and actor he pays homage to in this photo. “There’s a moment in Torch Song Trilogy in which his character, Arnold, turns to his unaccepting mother and offers what for me is a definitive statement: ‘There’s nothing I need from anyone except for love and respect, and anyone who can’t give me those two things has no place in my life.’ ”

Amen, sister. No wonder Atlanta has fallen in love with you and embraced you into the fold. Whether you’re stumping for GLAAD Atlanta,belting out showtunes at Burkhart’s, or gaying up Piedmont Park, you’re abs are on parade.And we like it.

Cruz is joined by 99 other (mostly) worthy Out 100 honorees and also-rans, many of whom Atlanta adores just as much as they love visiting. We were already happily aboard the Sam Smith train, Andy Bell Pride ride, Bianca Del Rio’s victory lap, and Patrik-Ian Polk’s “Blackbird” bandwagon. Dive into the full list.


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