Houston LGBT Pride Celebration Celebrity Grand Marshals
by Megan Smith
Photo by Gabriel Goldberg
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When hunky Chippendale duo Jaymes Vaughan (l) and James Davis (r) entered The Amazing Race, fellow cast and audience members initially dismissed them as little more than pretty boys with six-pack abs. However, with unyielding determination to win the million-dollar prize money to help Vaughan’s father fight his cancer, the pair soon became the team to beat.
Although Jaymes & James came in second place, their fans did not abandon them—they rallied behind the duo to raise over $30,000 to help Vaughan’s father.
Besides recording an album and producing a new travel show, the guys are currently using their newfound fame to help charities such as the American Cancer Society, the Human Rights Campaign, and Aid for AIDS. “The race gave us a platform, and it’s our job to use that to help others,” Davis says. “Especially since our fans did so much to help us after the race,” Vaughan adds.
Vaughan, who is openly gay, and Davis will serve as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshals for the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration. “The amount of love and support we have received from the LGBT community has been beyond overwhelming,” Vaughan told the Houston Chronicle. “And now Houston opening their arms to us as well is really just amazing. It’s such a fun, exciting, big city—and we could not be more excited to actually get to perform there.”