FROM BAY TO GAY
A former Baywatch man-babe has outed himself as gay and revealed he plans to wed his lover and adopt an African orphan. The Tasmanian actor Jaason Simmons was 24 when he first pulled on the red togs to play the cocky Australian lifeguard Logan Fowler on the cheesy hit series that made Pamela Anderson a household name and resuscitated the TV career of David Hasselhoff. New Idea [Australian women's magazine], out today, reports that the man who put two As in Jaason plans to wed his lover of eight months, even though gay marriage is not legal in California, where they live.
"We're doing it for our family and for my soon-to-be son," the magazine quoted him as saying. "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."
I didn't recognise the name initially, even with the unique spelling. Probably because I never watched a single episode of Baywatch, as the allure of the show was completely lost on me. Shocking I know, what with all the manflesh on display and all. Sometimes I even surprise myself.
Still, I do think that the more people in the public eye that come out with dignity the better. So, good luck to you Jaason, and family.