Just two days after Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche made headlines with news of their break-up, Richard Hatch, an openly gay contestant on the popular new reality show Survivor, grabbed the spotlight when he was voted the show's first winner. Interestingly, he seemed to get more attention for prancing around on camera in his birthday suit than for being gay. As Survivor's champion the 39-year old Hatch took home the $1 million grand prize.
Although Hatch showed America that a gay man could rough it in the jungle and out-stragetize his wily straight teammates, his aura of invincibility didn't last for long. For much of the next 10 years he was in and out of court, and even landed in prison for a while, for not paying taxes on his winnings. As a result, the gay community never fully embraced him as a role model. And his image wasn't helped by appearing on Celebrity Apprentice and by his nude cameo in Another Gay Movie (pictured, near left).