“Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor. Survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges.” Bob Paris
Bob blended his artistic and athletic backgrounds to create a classic physique emphasizing the beauty of the male form over simply mass muscles. His workout books are considered among the best in the field because they apply common sense to the mechanics of exercise and diet, and explore the deeper aspects of true fitness and self-esteem.
In the July 1989 issue of Ironman magazine, Bob Paris came out to the media as a proud gay man. He and his then-partner Rod Jackson (Jackson once posed for a Playgirl centerfold) had a Unitarian commitment ceremony in 1989. He started successful non-profit companies, lectured on a wide variety of issues and topics, and made many television, radio, newspaper and magazine appearances. In 1995, the couple separated. Today, Mr. Paris lives with his spouse Brian near Vancouver, British Columbia. Together since 1996, Bob and Brian were legally married after Canada equalized the marriage laws in 2003.
Below: Bob Paris today.