Jared Lee: 2nd Runner-Up

2013 Coverboy of the Year

Jared Lee

Jared Lee

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In his previous interview with Metro Weekly, Jared Lee said his life’s philosophy was “Don’t be an asshole.” But that’s not a hard task for the 27-year-old Baltimore resident, who comes across as eminently likable the moment he shakes hands and introduces himself.

Born and raised as in a conservative Baptist family in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, Jared excelled in sports, particularly soccer — he earned All-State honors his senior year — and went to play for Hampden-Sydney College, a small all-male institution in Farmville, Va. During that time, he was very closeted.

Relating the story of his first gay club experience, Jared says it was both eye-opening and surprising, because he had only ever seen stereotypical glimpses of gay life on TV, only to find himself smack-dab in the middle of a bunch of shirtless gay boys dancing to Robin S.’s “Show Me Love” at the Wave, a gay club in Norfolk, Va.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com