A few weeks ago, CBC’s Rick Mercer set the internet alight with his rant about homophobic bullying and a call for more LGBT Canadian public figures.
A name you can add to the list of out Canadian LGBT public figures who you might not be aware of is CTV news anchor Seamus O’Regan.
After nine years at cohost of Canada AM, O’Regan is leaving the show to join Lisa Laflamme on CTV National News as a correspondent. His last day on Canada AM will be on November 24.
He was named in Maclean’s magazine’s “100 Young Canadians to Watch” in 1999 and in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards in 2007.
He’s interviewed everyone from former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin and former U.S. president Bill Clinton to Shania Twain and Prince. He also interviewed four former Canadian prime ministers together: Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, John Turner, and Joe Clark.
And while you might find him dishy, sorry, fellas, he’s taken. The Newfoundland native married his longtime partner Steve Doss on July 9, 2010. Sigh.
However, with all those credentials and a same-sex marriage, he certainly fits Mercer's criteria for a Canadian gay role model that youth can draw inspiration from.