Now it’s time to put the rumors to rest. His name is Jaymes Vaughan, he’s a Chippendale performer and he’s openly gay! Sorry ladies, this guy is for the boys! Look on the bright side you can still appreciate the eye candy, plus there’s always his teammate James Davis to ogle and fantasize about!
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Jaymes recently adorned the cover of Instinct magazine where he discussed what it was like growing up gay in rural Virginia with parents who eat, sleep and breathe church.
“I was born this scrawny, pasty white kid with bad teeth, bad skin and bad hair. So I tell everyone: Don’t believe everything you see and don’t kill yourself to look a certain way. Be happy with what you got,” he says. “I don’t want somebody to fall in love with the billboard version of me. I want them to fall in love with me. I don’t want to have to look like that the rest of my life—I don’t even look that way now!”
“I was from such a sheltered area. You can’t fault people for being ignorant when they don’t know any better,” he says. “Growing up, the only things I thought you could be if you were gay was a hairdresser or a drag queen. Those aren’t bad—we need hairdressers and drag queens—but I felt like I didn’t fit in. My church and my family were telling me I couldn’t be gay, but I knew what I felt and who I was, but I just didn’t see any role models.”
Growing up this way took a toll on his self-confidence, and it would be years before Jaymes would be in a place where he could fully be himself—and be proud of it.
“That’s what sucks the most when I look back on it—I was taught that it was a big deal. I was taught to feel bad about myself, that it was a struggle,” he says. “All I should have been taught is that ‘you are you, you are love, and it’s not a big deal.” Read the full interview on Instinct