In addition to Darryl Stephens on this year's Out 100, there is another Rod 2.0 making the now-iconic list: Basketball player DeMarco Majors.
DeMarco was introduced on these pages in May 2006 when he was featured in Clik. (We wrote the Wilson Cruz profile in the same issue.) You'll recall the Bay Area hottie played professional basketball in Australia and stateside with the ABA. DeMarco is named to "The Winning Team", four men who "may be better known now that they're off the field—and out—but they're definitely all still in the game." The list also includes former NBA player John Amaechi, Outsports editor Cyd Ziegler and Rutgers University swim phenom Sean Smith.
It's also quite obvious that DeMarco has been eating his spinach and offers quite the sung fit on those boxer briefs in the photo by famed beefcake photographer Francois Rousseau. Oakland-based club promoter and Joe Hawkins first interviewed the athlete slash model for Keeping it Real, his internet television show in 2006, and, says DeMarco is growing in all the right places. "Since then, Demarco and I have become close friends and confidants," Joe Hawkins writes at his cleverly-named new blog, Cuppa Joe. "Go into most Wal-Mart stores across America today and you will see his posters in the fitness section. He's been a NY Fashion Week runway darling over the past two years, has worked with Jill Scott and was in Beyoncé's music video 'Freakum Dress' playing one of the straight boys checking Beyonce out."
How much do you want to betBeyoncé and the straight boys were checking out DeMarco, too?