The Bodybuilder Who Came Out as a Gay Man in the 1980s

In the late ’80s, a Los Angeles Times poll revealed that nearly 70 percent of the country thought homosexuality was a sin. It was into this climate that Mr. Universe winner Bob Paris revealed his relationship with his partner at the time, Rod Jackson. Now, more than 25 years after coming out of the closet, the former bodybuilding champ shares his thoughts on the death threats he received after his announcement, the fate of his relationship with Rod and the country’s shifting perception of homosexuality.


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