What exactly was this strange fascination with Robert Conrad in Wild Wild West? No doubt, since the “James Bond on a horse” Western series originally aired from 1965 to 1969, I was catching it in afternoon reruns… but I recall eyeing Jim West in his form-fitting royal blue costume and those painted-on britches with an inexplicable appeal. Why, it was almost as if I had a crush… on a man.
I don’t know a gay man who doesn’t have a similar story, whether it was Batman & Robin or Shaun Cassidy or Sam Elliott or Rock Hudson… that ignition of a curious but powerful feeling… and suspecting that this isn’t something the other boys feel. Now, of course, we know “It Gets Better.” Oh yes, it certainly did. * (Photos: Daveland)