(1961 - living) U.S.A.
Gay activist, body builder, Mr. America
Once partnered with fitness model Bob Paris in the 1980s. In 1989 Rod married his gay lover, international male model/amateur bodybuilder, Bob Paris. They were the most famous male couple in America. Authors of one book, photographic subjects of two others, they have toured the U.S. for the past five years, speaking at schools, bookstores, and other events.
But on July 18th, 1996, in a statement faxed to news agencies, Bob Paris said:
"Rumors have been circulating in the gay community regarding the status of our relationship, and while neither of us is comfortable discussing the very private aspects of our lives. For the record, we have been broken up for the last year and were separated for a year before that. The past two years have been an extraordinarily difficult time for both of us as we have faced the dissolution of our marriage. The details and reasons for our separation are complicated, painful and personal. We both remain committed to the concept of equal marriage rights and we both believe in the magic of love."
In the picture, Bob is on the left and Rod on the right.