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Presenting the 2011 AfterElton Hot 100... The World's Hottest Men as Chosen By Our Readers

You’re about to be, because we have the results of the 2011 AfterElton Hot

100!

Just a few statistics... For this our fifth annual poll, almost 10,000

readers lodged over 50,000 name votes, nominating more than a thousand different men.

Of the top 100, nearly a quarter of them are out gay or bisexual men, so way

to go home team!

As is becoming an annual ritual, there is some unpleasant news. Only seven

guys on the Hot 100 are men of color –

up from six last year. We think this speaks to the relative lack of racial

minorities among the ranks of TV and movie celebrities (where most Hot 100

picks come from). But given that only 70% of the U.S. is white, it’s also worth asking:

do some gay and bisexual men need to broaden their definition of what it means

to be hot?

In terms of professions represented, the list is slightly more diverse than

last year, with 83 men being TV, movie, and Broadway actors (compared to 88

last year). The rest come from a variety of other fields including musicians,

athletes, journalists, ballroom dancers, and even British royalty.

Not surprisingly, most of the straight folks on the list have either played

gay roles before, or have spoken up in favor of GLBT rights. Also not

surprisingly, most guys who might be hot but either avoid gay issues or have

expressed discomfort with gay folks didn’t even come close to making the list.

but we will tell you that he's not a repeat winner from any previous year. In

fact, this is the first year he's even appeared in the rankings!

Do you like the results this year – or are you disappointed? Either way, why

not spread your thoughts via social media like Facebook and Twitter?

One reminder: please don't reveal the winner in your comment's subject line,

since some folks like to be surprised.

Finally, we kindly ask that you do not copy and reproduce the entire Hot 100

list anywhere else. We work very hard

putting this together and ask that if you’d like to say something about the

list on your own site, that's great, but please then link back to the list in

its entirety here!

Next page: This year's Hot 100!

100. Christopher Gorham

Rank last year: N/A

99. Alex Pettyfer

Rank last year: N/A

98. Jon Hamm

Rank last year: N/A

Further reading...

  • Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Are the "Ambiguously Gay Duo"
  • 97. Nick Youngquest

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • We Talk to Aussie Rugby Player (and Gay Ally) Nick Youngquest

  • Marry, Hump, or Dump! Straight Ally Athletes
  • Aussie Rugby Player Nick Youngquest Isn't Keeping All His Eggs In One Baskit
  • Gareth Thomas Snaps Virtual Towels At Nick Youngquest Without Ending Rugby
  • 96. Henry Cavill

    Rank last year: N/A

    95. Paul Wesley

    Rank last year: 96

    94. Emmett J. Scanlan

    Rank last year: N/A

    93. Kris Allen

    Rank last year: 74

    Further reading...

  • Kris Allen's Naked Sleepwalking
  • Video: Kris Allen answers Tweets from NewNowNext!
  • 92. Darryl Stephens

    Rank last year: 93

    Further reading...

  • Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood Bring Back the Arc
  • Darryl Stephens is Out
  • 91. Daniel Craig

    Rank last year: 88

    90. Kevin McHale

    Rank last year: N/A

    89. Thomas Roberts

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Thomas Roberts discusses the state of gays in TV news
  • Marry, Bury, or Do! TV Anchormen
  • Life as an Openly Gay Journalist: CNN's Thomas Roberts
  • 88. Gavin Creel

    Rank last year: 68

    Further reading...

  • Gavin Creel Doesn’t Just Break The Fourth Wall (He Smashes It to Bits!)

    87. Wilson Cruz

    Rank last year: 92

    Further reading...

  • Wilson Cruz Rocks his Role (and a Kilt) on "Grey's Anatomy"
  • It’s a Wonderful So-Called Life
  • The History of TV's Gay Teens from "ATWT" to "Queer as Folk"
  • 86. Lee Pace

    Rank last year: 69

    85. Dan Savage

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Google's Chrome Ad Couldn't Get Any Better
  • "Time Magazine" Asks Dan Savage Ten Questions
  • Review "The Kid": How One Sex Advice Columnist Tried to Become a Dad — Set to Music
  • 84. Karl Urban

    Rank last year: N/A

    83. Cassidy Haley

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Exclusive: Cassidy Haley's "This Time" Music Video Premiere
  • Doin' It with Ethan... In the Studio with Cassidy Haley
  • 82. Kellan Lutz

    Rank last year: 65

    81. Tim Kang

    Rank last year: N/A

    80. James Duke Mason

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • The Teeth: Junior Politico James Duke Mason and More!
  • 79. Chace Crawford

    Rank last year: 39

    Further reading...

  • Bad Beefcake: Submissions Wanted
  • 78. Scott Caan

    Rank last year: N/A

    77. David Beckham

    Rank last year: 49

    76. Tom Hardy

    Rank last year: N/A

    75. Robert Pattinson

    Rank last year: 73

    74. Brad Pitt

    Rank last year: 54

    Further reading...

  • Bad Beefcake: Submissions Wanted
  • Brad Pitt Knows How to Give Good Interview.
  • 73. Andrew Garfield

    Rank last year: N/A

    72. Nick Adams

    Rank last year: 45

    Further reading...

  • Nick Adam's 2010 Hot 100 Choices! A DILF, a Bad Boy, and One Guy Who Really Shakes his Bon Bon!
  • Pic Post! Nick Adams, David Hyde Pierce, and More at the Premiere of "La Cage Aux Folles"
  • Drama Club Episode 3: Broadway Backwards!
  • 71. Tom Ford

    Rank last year 99

    Further reading...

  • Interview: Tom Ford Bares All!
  • 70. Ryan Gosling

    Rank last year: N/A

    69. Taye Diggs

    Rank last year: 63

    Further reading...

  • The 2010 AfterElton Hot 100: Men of Color
  • Eleven Guys Who Deserve to Be Bigger Sex Symbols
  • 68. Mark Ballas

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Exclusive chats with "Dancing With the Stars" dancers regarding same-sex dancing pairs
  • 67. Prince Harry

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Am I A Bad Gay For Not Giving A Sh*t About The Royal Wedding?
  • 66. Jake Shears

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • A Nearly Naked Day in the Lives of Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright
  • Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears Loves Feeling Sexy. Lucky Us!
  • Cuts Like a Knife: An Interview with Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters
  • 65. Jake Silbermann

    Rank last year: 35

    Further reading...

  • Interview: After “World” Stops Turning, Jake Silbermann Jumps to the New York Stage
  • Liveblogging "As The World Turns": The One Before the Last One
  • Gays of our Lives: Our Interview with Jake Silbermann of "As the World Turns"
  • 64. Max Adler

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Max Adler Says Performing Lady Gaga on "Glee" Would "Blow My Mind"
  • Ryan Murphy Says "Glee"'s Bullying Storyline Is More Than a Very Special Episode
  • 63. Tom Welling

    Rank last year: 56

    Further reading...

  • Sexiest Sci-Fi Hunks on the Small Screen
  • Digging for Pink Kryptonite on Smallville
  • 62. Ewan McGregor

    Rank last year: 30

    Further reading...

  • Exclusive Clip: Ewan McGregor Talks "I Love You, Phillip Morris"
  • First Look: "Beginners" Brings Us Ewan McGregor, a Talking Dog, and a Gay Dad
  • 61. Channing Tatum

    Rank last year: 41

    Further reading...

  • Hollywood's Hottest Show Up For "GQ Men of the Year"
  • 60. James Marsden

    Rank last year: 43

    Further reading...

  • James Marsden Gets Handsy With Mitchell on "Modern Family"
  • Tuesday Puzzler: Hope He's Wearing Sunscreen
  • 59. Chad Allen

    Rank last year: 79

    Further reading...

  • General Hospital: Night Shift’s Matter-of-Fact Gay Romance
  • From Boys to Men: Ten Actors Who Beefed Up to Break Out
  • Interview with Chad Allen
  • 58. Derek Hough

    Rank last year: N/A

    57. Taylor Lautner

    Rank last year: 32

    Further reading...

  • Hollywood's Hottest Show Up For "GQ Men of the Year"
  • Taylor Lautner Only Goes Shirtless When "There's Reasons Behind It."
  • "Rolling Stone" Reaches New Gay Low in Taylor Lautner Interview
  • 56. Daniel Radcliffe

    Rank last year: N/A

    55. Nate Berkus

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • "The Nate Berkus Show" Ups the Ante, Offers Gayest Episode Possible
  • Eight Ways Nate Berkus Can Make His New Show Stand Out
  • Interview With Nate Berkus of "Oprah's Big Give"
  • 54. Van Hansis

    Rank last year: 9

    Further reading...

  • Gays of our Lives: Our Interview with Van Hansis of "As the World Turns"
  • Exclusive video: Rock out with Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann of "As the World Turns"
  • 53. Chris Hemsworth

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Marry, Bury, or Do! Big Screen Superheroes
  • Hollywood's Hottest Show Up For "GQ Men of the Year"
  • 52. Matthew Rhys

    Rank last year: 34

    Further reading...

  • Every Picture Tells A Story: The History of Kevin Walker in 42 Pages
  • AfterElton's Interview with Luke Macfarlane and Matthew Rhys
  • Interview with Brothers & Sisters' Matthew Rhys
  • 51. Harry Shum Jr.

    Rank last year: N/A

    50. Alex O'Loughlin

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Counting down the most bromantic moments of "Hawaii Five-O'"s first season
  • 49. Thore Schölermann

    Rank last year: 17

    Further reading...

  • Gays of Our Lives: Part 1 of Interview With "Forbidden Love" Stars Jo Weil and Thore Schölermann (Part 2)
  • Exclusive video interview with Thore and Jo from "Forbidden Love"
  • "Forbidden Love"’s Gay Romance is Anything But
  • 48. Matthew Morrison

    Rank last year: 28

    Further reading...

  • A chat with actor Matthew Morrison of "Glee"
  • 47. Zac Efron

    Rank last year: 36

    46. Jesse Tyler Ferguson

    Rank last year: 84

    Further reading...

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wants to Push His Buttons and Make Him Go "Grrr!"
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita's Hot 100 Picks!
  • James Marsden Gets Handsy With Mitchell on "Modern Family"
  • The "Boyfriend" Dilemma: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Muses Aloud On What Mitchell Calls Cameron
  • 45. Chris Pine

    Rank last year: 33

    44. Gareth Thomas

    Rank last year: 55

    Further reading...

  • The Year in Sports: Our Annual Compendium of Athlete Beefcake
  • Sportscake™: Gareth Thomas Meets Ireland on the Mound
  • Welsh Rugger Gareth Thomas Comes Out
  • Out Gay Rugby Star Gareth Thomas: A Photo Retrospective
  • 43. Hugh Jackman

    Rank last year: 20

    42. Ben Cohen

    Rank last year: 77

    Further reading...

  • Ben Cohen and Hudson Taylor: Two Straight Athletes with Balls
  • Morning Meme: Ben Cohen Strips Down To Fight Homophobia, The CW Is Full of "H8R"s, and Yabba Dabba Don't!
  • Marry, Hump, or Dump! Straight Ally Athletes
  • Beefcake Breaks Out Everywhere!
  • 41. Kevin Alejandro

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • Kevin Alejandro Played Gay So Many Times, We Had no Choice but to Interview Him!
  • The 17 Biggest OMG Moments of "True Blood" Season 3
  • “True Blood” Episode 306 Recap: “Two Simple Rules for Dating Jesus”
  • 40. Misha Collins

    Rank last year: 44

    Further reading...

  • “Supernatural” is So Gay (In My Dreams Anyway)
  • Twitterwatch: Tweets From Our Favorite Celebrities, Inside the Celebrity Mind Edition
  • 39. Matt Smith

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • "Christopher and His Kind" Reveals the Seedy (and Playful) Side of Berlin
  • "Doctor Who" Star Matt Smith Continues His Time Travels in the Gay Bio-Pic "Christopher and His Kind"
  • Doctor Who? And the new Doctor is ... Matt Smith
  • 38. Bradley Cooper

    Rank last year: 47

    Further reading...

  • Matthew McConaughey Turns 40 Today. Who Should Replace Him As Hollywood's Rom Com King?
  • 37. Scott Evans

    Rank last year: 2

    Further reading...

  • In Memoriam: Honoring the Gay TV Characters We Lost in 2010
  • Scott Evans' 2010 Hot 100 Choices! A Red Sox, A Vulcan, and a Mitchell!
  • Gays of our Lives: Our Interview with Actor Scott Evans (April 13, 2010)
  • Every Picture Tells A Story: The History of Kish
  • Interview: Scott Evans Looks Back on an Amazing Year!
  • 36. Ryan Kwanten

    Rank last year: 38

    35. Jo Weil

    Rank last year: 13

    Further reading...

  • Gays of Our Lives: Part 1 of Interview With "Forbidden Love" Stars Jo Weil and Thore Schölermann (Part 2)
  • Exclusive video interview with Thore and Jo from "Forbidden Love"
  • "Forbidden Love"’s Gay Romance is Anything But
  • 34. Adam Levine

    Rank last year: N/A

    33. Zachary Quinto

    Rank last year: 31

    32. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Rank last year: 64

    Further reading...

  • Marry, Bury, or Do! The Men of “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Iconic Gay Movie Roles
  • Matthew McConaughey Turns 40 Today. Who Should Replace Him As Hollywood's Rom Com King?
  • 31. Johnny Depp

    Rank last year: 57

    30. Jared Leto

    Rank last year: N/A

    29. Joe Manganiello

    Rank last year: 38

    28. Eric Sheffer Stevens

    Rank last year: 25

    Further reading...

  • "As the World Turns" Ends With a Gay Cliché and Leaves Fans Fuming
  • Gays of our Lives: Our Interview with Eric Sheffer Stevens of "As the World Turns"
  • 27. Nathan Fillion

    Rank last year: 58

    Further reading...

  • Snark Attack: “Murder He Wrote.” A.K.A. “Castle.”
  • Joss Whedon Talks "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" Sequel
  • 26. Trevor Donovan

    Rank last year: N/A

    Further reading...

  • "90210" Episode 317 Recap: Where the Player Gets Played. At Least He Gets Kissed First!
  • "90210"'s Trevor Donovan is as Smart, Funny and Humble as He is Handsome
  • 25. Matthew Mitcham

    Rank last year: 16

    Further reading...

  • Pic Post! Speedos and Smiles - Celebrating Matthew Mitcham's Birthday!
  • The Year in Sports: Our Annual Compendium of Athlete Beefcake
  • Sportscake™: Matthew Mitcham at the Commonwealth Games
  • Since When Did #BeefwithRice become #BeefwithMitcham?
  • Matthew Mitcham Golden Again at World Championships
  • 24. Ian Somerhalder

    Rank last year: 24

    23. Cory Monteith

    Rank last year: 71

    22. Gale Harold

    Rank last year: 15

    Further reading...

  • AfterElton.com’s Top 50 Gay Characters of All Time!
  • Gale Harold's dream role would take him from Wisteria Lane to ... Christmas Town?
  • 21. Alexander Skarsgård

    Rank last year: 26

    Further reading...

  • The 17 Biggest OMG Moments of "True Blood" Season 3
  • 20. Mark Salling

    Rank last year: 48

    Further reading...

  • AfterElton Interview: Mark Salling Makes Sweet Music on "Glee"
  • 19. Russell Tovey

    Rank last year: 29

    18. Chord Overstreet

    Rank last year: N/A

    17. James Franco

    Rank last year: 21

    16. Jared Padalecki

    Rank last year: 37

    Further reading...

  • Happy Hunkoween! Here are 13 Horror Hotties for All Hallow's Eve
  • 15. Matt Bomer

    Rank last year: 22

    Further reading...

  • Is "White Collar"'s Matt Bomer an Out, Gay Man? "No comment," Says Publicist
  • 14. Chris Evans

    Rank last year: 10

    Further reading...

  • Marry, Bury, or Do! Big Screen Superheroes
  • Matthew McConaughey Turns 40 Today. Who Should Replace Him As Hollywood's Rom Com King?
  • 13. Ryan Reynolds

    Rank last year: 12

    Further reading...

  • Marry, Bury, or Do! Big Screen Superheroes
  • Matthew McConaughey Turns 40 Today. Who Should Replace Him As Hollywood's Rom Com King?
  • Ryan Reynolds' backstage feud with Betty White
  • 12. Cheyenne Jackson

    Rank last year: 7

    Further reading...

  • Return of the Gay Celebrity Boyfriends!
  • Cheyenne Jackson and Michael Urie Rip "Newsweek"'s Ramin Setoodeh For "Gays Can't Play Straight" Article
  • Interview with Cheyenne Jackson
  • 11. Jake Gyllenhaal

    Rank last year: 8

    Further reading...

  • The Year in Gay Sex and Male Nudity!
  • 10. Ricky Martin

    Rank last year: 6

    It has been just over a year since Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin came out as a "fortunate homosexual man," but since then he has been very busy raising his two adorable sons, promoting his memoir, releasing a new album and touring worldwide. Through the years, Ricky has rocked a variety of looks, from his Menudo mop top, to his flowing tresses as Miguel on General Hospital, to his more recent buzz cut, tattoos and facial scruff. Through it all he's been the essence of Latin hotness. We're glad he's finally out. When you think about it, we're the fortunate ones.

    Further reading...

  • Pic Post! Ricky Martin from Menudo to Now
  • Was the "Out" Power List Sponsored by Wite-Out?
  • When Cheyenne Jackson Met Ricky Martin at AmFAR's Gala, Did Time Actually Stop For a Second?
  • Ricky Martin Vs. Sean Hayes: Who Came Out Better?
  • 9. Anderson Cooper

    Rank last year: 11

    Oh you silver fox. Wherever there's a natural disaster in the world, or political upheaval expect CNN's dashing Anderson Cooper to earnestly be wading through it in a pair of galoshes. He's also had time for fun, whether it be hosting New's Year's Eve celebrations with Kathy Griffin - or playing a version of himself in a hilarious SNL digital short. Handsome as he is, cracking the Hot 100 top ten this year is no minor accomplishment. He's not exactly forthcoming about his personal life. But who knows, maybe he'll win the whole thing next year.

    Further reading...

  • Was the "Out" Power List Sponsored by Wite-Out?
  • Marry, Bury, or Do! TV Anchormen
  • Ask the Flying Monkey: Can a Gay Journalist Be Out and Objective?
  • 8. Jensen Ackles

    Rank last year: 14

    Six years of playing Supernatural's demon hunting Dean Winchester paid off! Maybe it's the gruff demeanor, the boots, the muscle car or all that hoyay, but Jensen Ackles has some serious fans here at AfterElton. His co-starts Misha Collins and Jared Padelecki also made the list, but coming in at #8 has Ackles leaving them far in the dust. What did he do, make a deal with the devil?

    Great news, Supernatural was renewed for a seventh season. Here's hoping the demon-hunting next year doesn't require a shirt.

    Further reading...

  • Happy Hunkoween! Here are 13 Horror Hotties for All Hallow's Eve
  • Supernatural recap (5.09): "The Real Ghostbusters" Are Gay!
  • Our first ever "Supernatural" Facebook recap!
  • “Supernatural” is So Gay (In My Dreams Anyway)
  • 7. Jonathan Groff

    Rank last year: 18

    He may be a sweetheart in real life, but this singing/dancing/acting wonder is totally believable as Rachel Berry's straight, self-absorbed paramour Jesse St. James on Glee. That makes Groff one of the select few out gay men to play a straight romantic interest on U.S. television.

    Glee might have made him famous, but Groff was already well known in the theater world thanks to his lead role in Spring Awakening (also opposite Lea Michelle). He's also made independent films and recently starred in the London West End revival of Deathrap.

    We love his smile, his brown curls, and most definitely his voice. Like Rachel Berry, we too would put up with the insufferable Jesse St. James if only he promised to sing to us!

    Further reading...

  • Special Report! Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cast More Gay Actors in Leading Roles?
  • 'I'm Not a Hetero, But I Play One On TV': 12 Gay Actors Who Took on Straight Roles - and Proved the Naysayers Wrong"
  • Jonathan Groff on "Deathtrap" and that Infamous "Newsweek" Article
  • 6. Luke Macfarlane

    Rank last year: 4

    Sadly Brothers & Sisters has been canceled, so that means we won't be seeing any more of the adorable Scotty Wandell. But you can bet this won't be the last you see of handsome, out Canadian actor Luke Macfarlane. Five years on Brothers & Sisters showed us his talents as an actor, a singer (did you see the episode where he sang that touching Irish funeral song?), and even a potential underwear model-- at least based upon what we saw in a few brief briefs scenes. Hubba hubba.

    Okay, he's probably too serious an actor to pursue underwear modeling, but keep your options open, Luke. And come back to television soon, we're going to miss you!

    Further reading...

  • Every Picture Tells A Story: The History of Kevin Walker in 42 Pages
  • "Brothers & Sisters" Pic Post! What's Scotty's Life-Changing Discovery?
  • Our Interview with Luke Macfarlane and Matthew Rhys
  • 5. John Barrowman

    Rank last year: 3

    In our opinion, Scottish/American actor John Barrowman is a victim of bad

    timing. We're convinced that if his wildly popular series Torchwood aired before voting

    in the Hot 100 ended, he might easily have ended up in the very top spot. But,

    no, Torchwood won't return until July, which is when the 44-year-old triple

    threat (Barrowman can sing, dance and act) will see his profile rocket

    upward worldwide and put him in the forefront of not just the minds of millions

    of gay fans, but millions of straight fans as well. John might have finished in

    the fifth spot this year, but given that Torchwood

    last aired in 2009, we think it's a testament to his talent, sexiness, and

    outspokenness as a gay rights advocate that he still scored the number five

    spot on this year's list.

    Further reading...

  • Watch! John Barrowman Rocks Sunglasses, Talks About The New Grown-Up "Torchwood"
  • Pic Post! John Barrowman is a Cannes Ham Promoting "Torchwood: Miracle Day"
  • Needs More Gay... Science Fiction
  • Ten of the Most Romantic Gay Moments in Entertainment!
  • Are Obsessive Fans Ruining the Internet?
  • Interview: John Barrowman on What Captain Jack Represents
  • 4. Neil Patrick Harris

    Rank last year: 1

    Well, all good things come to an end. After a remarkable two year run as #1 on the Hot 100, Neil Patrick Harris drops to number four. But while he might be losing the Hot 100 crown, he's still our Gay Man of the Decade, and he'll be keeping busy hosting the upcoming Tony Awards.

    We love Neil Patrick Harris. If it had a better ring to it, we might even have been AfterNeil.

    Further reading...

  • 'I'm Not a Hetero, But I Play One On TV': 12 Gay Actors Who Took on Straight Roles - and Proved the Naysayers Wrong"
  • Joss Whedon Talks "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" Sequel
  • Watch! Neil Patrick Harris Talk Dirty in "The Best and the Brightest" Trailer
  • 37 Reasons Why We Love Birthday Boy Neil Patrick Harris
  • And the "Gay Man of the Decade" Winner Is...
  • Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars
  • Neil Patrick Harris Makes It Look Easy: Our Exclusive Interview
  • Neil Patrick Harris Comes Out as "Content Gay Man"
  • 3. Chris Colfer

    Rank last year: 27

    While many fans of Chris Colfer are no doubt disappointed the man who

    breathes life into Glee's Kurt Hummel didn't actually win this year's Hot 100,

    they should still celebrate his phenomenal showing. After all, only two other

    men got more votes (one of whom Chris is very familiar with) and Colfer is

    having an extraordinary year.

    Actually, the twenty-year-old actor might be having the most extraordinary

    year any out actor has ever had. In addition to being the breakout character on

    one of the most popular shows on television, Colfer scored a surprise Emmy

    nomination, was named to the 2011 Time 100, has graced numerous magazine covers

    (including EW's cover story about

    bullying), and sold his first script.

    Oh, and let's not forget, AfterElton readers did vote Chris number one on

    our recent AfterElton.com Gay-List which ranked the most popular gay

    celebrities in the world. Face it, this is Chris Colfer's world. We're just living in it.

    Further reading...

  • Chris Colfer's Kurt Hummel - Where does Ryan Murphy End and the Character Begin?
  • Exclusive: "Glee"'s Chris Colfer is Living the Teenage Dream
  • "Rolling Stone" Puts Chris Colfer in a Hairy Situation
  • Chris Colfer from "Glee" Dishes on His Character
  • Interview: Chris Colfer Remembers Who Bullied Him in High School... But Answers Their Emails Anyway!
  • 2. Adam Lambert

    Rank last year: 5

    While the top spot in this year's poll might have gone to a straight man,

    the top ten was dominated by out and proud gay men, and leading the pack is

    none other than 29-year-old Adam Lambert. The American Idol runner-up might not have had nearly as high profile

    of late as he did during his Idol run

    or with the release of his first album, For Your Entertainment (which

    reached #3 on the U.S. charts and sold 800,000 copies in the U.S.), but our

    readers' affection for him hasn't lessened in the slightest. Indeed, Adam moved

    up from #5 to #2 and can now lay claim to the title Hottest Gay Man in the World. Or at least in the

    opinion of AfterElton.com readers. Then again, who would know better?

    Further reading...

  • Adam Lambert's Rejected Album Covers
  • Exclusive Photos: Adam Lambert, Vanessa Williams and More at Last Night's "Drag Race" Premiere
  • Seven Things We've Learned from the Adam Lambert Controversy
  • And now, the man who ranks #1 on the 2011 Hot 100...

    1. Darren Criss

    Rank last year: N/A

    To say that actors dream of the sort of year twenty-four-year old Darren

    Criss is currently having is an understatement of epic proportions. Criss is

    now so currently fixed in the pop culture landscape that it's hard to believe

    that most of us had never heard of him before November of last year. That's

    when he joined the cast of Glee as a

    mentor and possible love interest for Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and when

    Criss' version of Katy Perry's

    "Teenage Dream" rocketed around the internet.

    Given the popularity of Glee, his making The AfterElton Hot 100 was probably a given, but

    even when we didn't expect him to rocket to the number one spot, the first time

    a newcomer has debuted at the very top. Yet, just as his version of

    "Teenage Dream" soared to number one on iTunes, Criss has claimed the

    title of #1 on the Hot 100. And gazing at those adorable brown eyes that make

    Kurt melt, how could it be any other way?

    Further reading...

  • Darren Criss "Happy to Be The Vessel"
  • Kurt's Teenage Dream is Adorable (and Can Carry a Tune!)
  • Photo Gallery: "Trevor Live" at the Hollywood Palladium
  • Exclusive! "Glee"'s Ryan Murphy Discusses Darren Criss, Whether Kurt and Blaine Will Be Boyfriends and More!
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