Is ‘Arrow’ star Colton Haynes gay, or just a tease? Does it matter?


Colton Haynes

We’ve been burned before with wishful thinking. Remember the hot shirtless jogger a few weeks ago who turned out to be an anti-gay protester? So yeah, having a crush, and wanting someone to bat cleanup for our team, isn’t always the reality. So when Teen Wolf/Arrow hottie Colton Haynes implied this weekend on his Tumblr account that he may be — or was — gay … well, you’ll forgive us if we don’t send out the wedding invitations quite yet. (Though we could! Yea, marriage equality!)

The thing is, since the dustup began (basically, some troll on Tumblr suggested Haynes had a “secret” gay past and the actor replied, “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life and have no regrets”) no other word has come out about it. Could Haynes be teasing his fans, the way Frasier teased us about Daphne and Niles for years? Though come to think of it, Daphne and Niles eventually did hook up.

Look, Haynes will confirm or deny eventually, but until then, let’s just admire the 27-year-old actor’s physique (plug: Friday is Dallas Voice’s annual Body Issue!) and say it’s cool either way … but if you are gay, Colton, the toaster oven is on its way…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s Brewing: Valentine’s Day recap edition

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. THE GOOD: Legislators in Washington state and Colorado were struck by Cupid’s arrow, as they introduced bills Monday to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions, respectively. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that 24 Maryland senators have now said publicly that they’ll support pending marriage equality legislation, giving the bill the votes it needs to pass by the slimmest of margins.

2. THE BAD: The Indiana House was scheduled to vote Monday on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but the measure, which is expected to pass, was postponed because some lawmakers who want to go on record supporting the ban were absent. Meanwhile, lawmakers in New Hampshire are moving forward with hearings on a proposed repeal of same-sex marriage, despite polls showing a majority of residents oppose the repeal. And, in Chicago, six activists were arrested when they refused to leave a marriage bureau after a same-sex couple was denied a license.

3. THE UGLY: If you want to get really angry, or need a reminder as to what the struggle for equality is all about, watch the above video of police in Lima, Peru, using violence to break up a Valentine’s Day “Kisses Against Homophobia” demonstration that took place Saturday. According to Living in Peru, one activist needed 10 stitches to the back of her head.

—  John Wright