American Gladiators has gotten some traction in the sports media, so we'll dive in there for a moment with the appearance tonight of their first openly gay male contestant: Sean Hetherington, a stand-up comedian who lost 100 pounds in 2003 and who has become a personal trainer (and waiter). On his online profile for AG, he declares his marital status as 'boyfriend.' Very refreshing that AG would actually acknowledge that.
Four contenders with over 300 pounds of weight lost between them storm into Gladiator Arena. Hetherington, from West Hollywood, will take on high school English teacher James Ruggiero from Yucca Valley, Calif., who recently shed 65 pounds.
There's a much longer story with before-weight-loss photos at AfterElton. -Cyd Zeigler jr.
Hat tip to Ted Rybka from GLAAD.