Pride Package: Bob Paris
Bob Paris (born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959) is a former International Federation of BodyBuilders professional bodybuilder.
Bob Paris is a writer, public speaker and civil rights activist who is also known as being the 1983 Mr. Universe winner and model who acknowledged his homosexuality in the July 1989 issue of Ironman magazine. He has graced the covers of scores of magazines worldwide.
Paris grew up in Southern Indiana in a household where hard work was the rule. He played high school football and track events. It was here that Paris first began lifting weights, leading him down the road to professional bodybuilding, where he excelled. Even 15 years after his retirement from professional competition, Bob Paris is considered one of the greatest athletes in the history of bodybuilding. Renown for both his aesthetics and artistic approach toward the sport, Bob was also a dedicated advocate for the rights of athletes and an outspoken voice in the push for drug testing at the professional level.
After Paris officially came out as a gay man in the media, he and his then-partner, Rod Jackson, became involved in gay marriage advocacy, started successful non-profits, lectured on a wide variety of gay civil rights issues, and made many television, radio, newpaper and magazine appearances. In 1995, the two separated.
Today, Bob lives with his spouse of more than ten years, on an island in the state of Washington.
In addition to his flourishing writing career, Bob Paris remains a committed civil rights advocate as well as a motivational speaker, model and actor. On October 10, 1998, he made his New York stage debut, starring at Carnegie Hall opposite Bea Arthur, Sandy Duncan and Tyne Daly in the Broadway musical, Jubilee as the character Mowgli.
His books include Gorilla Suit, Generation Queer: A Gay Man's Quest For Hope, Love & Justice, Prime, Beyond Built: Bob Paris' Guide to Achieving the Ultimate Look, Flawless: The 10-Week Total Image Method for Transforming Your Physique, Natural Fitness and Straight From The Heart (as co-author)
For more paired nudes with Bob and Rod, photographed by Herb Ritts and Tom Bianchi,