In case you weren’t aware, #John Barrowman is an incredible actor and LGBT activist who used to be well known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in the popular BBC show "Doctor Who", and then later had his own show "Torchwood", as a spinoff playing the same character. Fast forward a few years and these days he’s busy playing the role of Malcolm Merlyn on the set of "Legends of Tomorrow", "Flash" and "Arrow” along with #Stephen Amell, who plays as the star of the show Green Arrow.
Celebrating his 50th like only John can
John turned 50 this last week and threw an impressive birthday party with all his closest friends, family and co-stars who showed up to celebrate but that's not exactly what we're here to talk about.
No, what we're really here to talk about is the birthday present that he was given, and that present was none other than Stephen Amell walking up to him wearing nothing but camouflage underwear and some colored beads while carrying a cake with one of John's model shots printed on it.
I'm sorry, but if when I turn 50 and I have someone as wonderfully sexy and famous as Stephen Amell at my party, it would probably be the greatest moment in my life. There's literally no way that my life is ever going to get better after that.
A career with an impact on LGBT youth
Personally, I've always been a big fan of John Barrowman for his acting and LGBT activism. Last year HRC presented him with the Visibility Award for bringing to life LGBT characters on screen which is exactly how I came to know John Barrowman.
I first discovered him as Captain Jack in "Doctor Who", and absolutely fell in love with him. He played this wacky, fun loving character who always seemed to make things work no matter how hopeless they might've seen. He was sexually fluid, and literally got to have whoever he ever wanted in the show.
As a young teenage gay kid, I found myself finally finding a gay character that everyone loved in a super-popular TV show that was all about aliens, time travel, and saving the Universe, proving once again that inclusion matters. So on behalf of myself and everyone else that fell in love with him the same way I did, happy birthday, John!