Pride Package: Peter Paige

Peter Paige (born June 20, 1969 in West Hartford, Connecticut) is an openly gay American actor.

Perhaps best known for his role as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime's hit series Queer as Folk,Paige's other television credits include recurring and guest star roles on Will & Grace, Time of Your Life, Girlfriends, and Caroline in the City. His very first audition in Los Angeles earned him a guest-starring role on Suddenly Susan.

Peter spent summer 2004 starring in his feature directorial debut, Say Uncle, alongside Kathy Najimy, Anthony Clark, Melanie Lynskey, and Gabrielle Union. He is also featured in Don McKellar's Childstar with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Dave Foley. Other film credits include the Showtime movie Our America (Sundance 2002), the indie film Pop, and the award-winning shorts The Four of Us and The Shooting.

Also an accomplished stage actor, Peter has appeared at major regional theatres throughout the country, most notably in world premieres at La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, and Playwrights Horizons. He has performed nearly every genre of play, from the Greeks to Shakespeare to contemporary American work. Some favorite plays on his resume include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Rivals, Secret Agents, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Pantophobia, his two-man show written and performed with Abraham Higginbotham.

Proudly out as a gay man who played one of the gayest characters of recent TV history (and who had a sexy affair on QAF with a closeted football player played by hunkalicious yet slightly dense Matt Battaglia), Paige has broken the taboo that out gay actors who, well, act gay, can't make a successful career.

For his fabulousness, kudos to Peter.

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