In 1998 at the tender age of 19, I participated as one of the youngest athletes to compete in the Gay Games in Amsterdam in 1998. Representing the United States I managed to win two medals in the 18-25 year age group for Men's Swimming in the 100 Meter Freestyle winning a Silver Medal and 50 Meter Butterfly winning a Bronze. Between events swimmers and waterpolo players would rinse off in a public shower area. A roving band of paparazzi snapped a photo of fellow athlete (and friend) Henri Rodenburg and I engaging in harmless homoerotic lockerroom shenanigans for the sake of the camera. This photo resurfaced many years later was used as one of the most popular and effective advertising campaign images used by Boy Butter Personal Lubricants in it's eight year history as a company. Thank the lord I am not running for public office this photo could come back.
Original Photo from Gay Games Amsterdam in 1998
Reunion in Schoneberg neighborhood in Berlin Easter Weekend 2011
Henri and I are forever hammy for a camera : )