Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is one of the cover models for Out Magazine this month since being honored among 2021’s top LGBTQ+ leaders and featured on the publication’s annual Out100 list.
The Out100 recognizes “a prestigious compilation of the year’s most impactful and influential LGBTQ+ people,” according to the mag. Polis is one of seven people to grace the cover of the latest edition, which is expected to hit newsstands Nov. 30. Others include actor Sara Ramirez and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Symone.
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) November 3, 2021
In 2018, Polis was the first openly gay candidate elected governor in the United States and in September, Polis and Reis’ wedding marked the country’s first same-sex marriage of a sitting governor.
That’s all in addition to the leadership Polis showed during the pandemic, Out Magazine said.
“While navigating the state through the pandemic, Polis signed a bill in April recognizing the government’s past mistakes (and attacks) regarding the LGBTQ+ community,” the publication said, referring to the Restoration of Honor Act, which reinstated lost state-level benefits to veterans who were discharged because of the sexual orientation.
“This is not the only move that Polis has made to support LGBTQ+ Coloradans. In October, Colorado became the first state in the nation to require insurers to cover transition-related care for transgender people,” the pub said.
Here are some other fun facts we learned about Polis in the profile, which you can read in full here:
Polis’ favorite video game is “League of Legends”
Out Mag touted Polis as the “gay gamer making history” in its profile headline.
“He loves to play video games, and he plays them with [husband] Marlon [Reis] almost every night,” the governor’s mother, Susan Polis Schutz, told Out. “It is the way that he relaxes at night.”
Polis loves to cook
“Jared is actually the cook in our family and likes to experiment in the kitchen,” Reis told the publication. “I think we had [the Greek savory pie] spanakopita almost every day for a month once.”
Don’t be surprised if you spot the governor at a drag show
That’s according to his husband Reis, who told Out Magazine, “We like drag shows, and Jared likes to go out. We also like watching ‘Randy Rainbow’ with the kids. Recently, Jared and I have gotten into the show ‘Pose.’”