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Former Survivor Castmate J.P. Calderon: I'm Gay


Although his activities in and around gay people and nightlife were widely reported, former Survivor: Cook Islands castaway J.P. Calderon (seen below with openly gay castmate Brad Virata) had never come out publicly. That will apparently happen on this Wednesday's episode of The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, according to Instinct magazine, for which he does a cover shoot during the episode.

"It’s not every day somebody gets slapped in the face with a major magazine like Instinct, Janice Dickinson, her TV show. I think I’m just supposed to do this!" says Calderon. "I'm coming out and I'm living."

Of the self-described world's first supermodel, Calderon says, "We started a little bit butting heads, but I love Janice Dickinson. I want everyone to know, she is the coolest person in the world."


The episode airs this Wednesday, January 24 on Oxygen, and Calderon is featured on Instinct's February issue. You can see the cover for that issue, after the jump...


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  1. I hope this is a growing trend of celebrities (I guess you'd consider him a celeb) coming out in their prime... =)

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 22, 2007 2:24:32 PM

  2. OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!!! J.P is so fucking HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had no idea he was gay. Now Andy can feature another model other than Chad White (hint, hint).

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 22, 2007 2:30:28 PM

  3. Be still my beating heart....those arms...

    Posted by: brainia_amour | Jan 22, 2007 2:33:20 PM

  4. When this last installment of "Survivor" was on the air and Brad, the only openly gay contestant, was voted off, there were rumors he was having a relationship with JP, and it was going to be announced during the live reunion special. That didn't happen, but it's good to see it had some basis in fact.

    Posted by: Larry | Jan 22, 2007 2:37:02 PM

  5. Celebrity?

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 22, 2007 2:41:28 PM

  6. He thinks Instinct is a "major" magazine. That's just so precious.

    Posted by: chrisb | Jan 22, 2007 2:42:10 PM

  7. I smell Calderoad.

    Posted by: 000000 | Jan 22, 2007 2:47:01 PM

  8. And, Reichen did not, repeat, did NOT suck face with him when Lance wasn't looking and anyone who says otherwise will get sued.

    Posted by: Leland | Jan 22, 2007 2:48:00 PM

  9. Yay! JP is so hot..and I love JDMA.

    Posted by: Chrisk | Jan 22, 2007 2:48:44 PM

  10. I hope he get's a worthless award from HRC for being the most out celebrity like Lance and Reichen did. I caught an episode of the Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency. How the mighty have fallen.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 22, 2007 2:59:24 PM

  11. I am an Instinct subscriber and would like to defend them by saying I think they are holding their own as a gay magazine. Every issue gets better and with Beyonce and Gwen Stefani on the last two covers (and now hot JP) I would say they are a major gay magazine. Congrats on this story and cant wait to see the issue.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 22, 2007 3:00:08 PM

  12. I used to write for Instinct, and quit because it was so sophomoric and full of typos that I was embarrassed to show it to friends or family. It has improved a bit with its new editor, but I'd still say it's a marginal piece of fluff. But then, I haven't watched reality shows in years and couldn't care less about this guy. At least he's gay, unlike most cover stars on gay magazines.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 22, 2007 3:46:41 PM

  13. Yes, Instinct is fluffy. I know I should be reading the Wall St Journal or Anna Karenina or something, but JP? He's just far too hot.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 22, 2007 3:54:46 PM

  14. Give me a break! Having Beyonce and Stefani on its cover makes "Instinct" a major gay magazine? For whom? Gay teenagers? "Perpetual adolescence-the new black."

    My objection isn't because they're straight but because they're straight with no redeeming value to the gay aspects of my life save that they, one assumes, just luv their gay fans. How tired.

    But that's not as insane, even insulting, as the one wide circulation gay magazine that imagines itself "serious"--"The Advocate" naming Bill "Ann Coulter's Best Friend" Maher as "Person of the Year." Their offices should be torched, lit by a rolled up, burning copy of that issue.

    A "major gay magazine" should give us something we can't get from a major mainstream magazine. Otherwise it has no reason to exist.

    Posted by: Tagg | Jan 22, 2007 4:09:55 PM

  15. JP is gay? I'm shocked!

    Posted by: Dalton | Jan 22, 2007 4:23:28 PM

  16. Man eye candy. Dumb as a bag of rocks. That's ok, we need those too.

    Posted by: brad | Jan 22, 2007 4:32:01 PM

  17. I have worked with this guy at volleyball workshops. I always thought that he was checking out my ass! I never knew he was gay...

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 22, 2007 4:59:21 PM

  18. How could so many viewers not know he was gay? I never saw him on Survivor, but he was onscreen mere minutes on the Janice Dickenson show and my gaydar went off like a three alarm fire!

    Good for him, he's in the right industry 'cause he's definitely got it.

    Posted by: Mark M | Jan 22, 2007 5:05:09 PM

  19. You shoulda seen him as a teenager

    Posted by: dc8stretch | Jan 22, 2007 5:24:00 PM

  20. One sure sign that gave it away for me: It's all in his "overly" groomed eyebrows. Either he was gay or he was a drag queen. Could have been both.

    I'm on a mission to get men to stop with that type of grooming. It never compliments a man's face and only makes them seem like overly manicured queens. Stop the plucking and shaping!!!

    Posted by: John B. | Jan 22, 2007 5:43:35 PM

  21. Tagg, I agree that the Advocate has lots of room for improvement. But when I think back to its evolution, I can only be nothing short of amazed.

    The Advocate began, and remained for too many years, a total rag. It's stories, if they can be referred to as such, were low quality trash. The photos were soft core porn, and the classifieds were not what one would expect in a legitimate news magazine. I had no problem then or now, about sexual oriented advertising of any kind, but not in a publication that claims to be a news magazine. Through the years it has evolved from a tabloid newspaper format, into a real quality magazine dedicated to the LGBT community. Does it need to continue to evolve? Of course. But let us not forget its beginnings.

    Posted by: Michael D. Fein | Jan 22, 2007 7:01:20 PM

  22. He was a big asshole on Survivor.

    Posted by: Dylan | Jan 22, 2007 7:14:40 PM

  23. That's awesome! He oughta keep his hair the way it is on the cover, so much cuter that way, with the little bangs. I hated that short buzzcut thing he was working.

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Jan 22, 2007 7:43:25 PM

  24. I'm old-enough to remember when the Advocate had a whole center-insert full of uncensored escort and hustler ads, the men-looking-for-men listings, along with fairly-graphic ads for gay porn flics. Most stores considered it porn just like Drummer Magazine and In Touch; and kept it in the porn-section if they carried it at-all....or behind the counter.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jan 22, 2007 8:44:23 PM

  25. i knew it!! i knew he was gay from the beginning. no he wasnt an asshole, so what if we lying around doing nothing? arent we all?

    Posted by: jerakh | Jan 22, 2007 8:52:53 PM

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