Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MCV - "Baywatch star a 'gay role model' "

The Australian-born star of the hit TV series, Baywatch, has been described as a "much needed role model" after revealing plans to marry his male partner.

Jaason Simmons, who played hunky lifeguard Logan Fowler on Baywatch in the mid-1990s, plans to wed his partner of eight months, Irish actor John O'Callaghan.

Simmons told New Idea magazine he would wed O'Callaghan in Canada and co-adopt his boyfriend's adopted six-year-old son.

"We’re doing it for our family and for my soon-to-be son," the former Playgirl cover model said.

"Although you don’t want to typecast yourself, you have to take responsibility and ownership and move humanity forward, out of bigotry.

"Our son needs to see we can stand in front of family and loved ones who are going to support our union through the good times and bad," he added.

However, Simmons' own homeland, Australia, will not be among the supporters, warned Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson Rodney Croome.

"Even after Jaason Simmons is married in Canada, his vows will be ignored under Australian national law and he will be treated as if he is single," Croome said.

Croome hailed Simmons, who was born on the Apple Isle, as a "much-needed role model".

"Many young gay Tasmanians still grow up feeling isolated and stigmatised," he said.

"The success of Jaason Simmons, both in his professional and personal life, sends a message to young, gay Tasmanians that they can achieve their goals, and need not be limited by other people's prejudices."

[Link: Original Article]

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