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We ask the most important question: beard or nah?

We ask the most important gay male celeb question: beard or nah?

Gus Kentworthy; Ricky Martin
Instagram (@guskenworthy); FX; Instagram (@ricky_martin)

Here's what our fave queer celebs look like with & without facial hair

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Beardy or bald-faced... we're hot for these celebs

Gus Kentworthy; Ricky Martin

Instagram (@guskenworthy); FX; Instagram (@ricky_martin)

It's time to ask the most important question: Beard or no beard?

It’s a common saying among makeup-wearing folx that men use beards to carve out their faces and hide certain imperfections, much like makeup is applied to craft and/or highlight different parts of a face.

Depending on the project they’re attached to or the moment they’re going through in their personal lives, queer celebrities can switch between bearded looks and clean-shaven faces to fit their mood, acting role, era, or any other reason, too! We definitely have an appreciation for guys with and without beards, and it’s always interesting to look at how different their faces can look with some facial hair… or none at all.

Scroll through to check out our favorite LGBTQ+ celebrities with and without beards!

Colton Underwood (no beard)

Colton Underwood

Getty Images

Colton Underwood (beard)

Colton Underwood

Instagram (@coltonunderwood)

When we first met Colton Underwood on The Bachelorette, he usually didn’t have that much facial wear. In recent years, however, the reality TV star has started to embrace his bearded look a lot more often.

Gus Kenworthy (no beard)

Gus Kenworthy

Instagram (@guskenworthy)

Gus Kenworthy (beard)

Gus Kenworthy

Instagram (@guskenworthy)

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, now also known as an actor in projects like 80 for Brady and American Horror Story: 1984, is another queer celebrity who can transform between beard and no beard without any issues.

Harvey Guillén (no beard)

Harvey Guill\u00e9n

FX

Harvey Guillén (beard)

Harvey Guill\u00e9n

MTV

Best known for playing the hilarious Guillermo de la Cruz on FX’s What We Do in the Shadows and voicing Dick Grayson a.k.a. Nightwing on Max’s Harley Quinn animated series, Harvey Guillén always looks fabulous: with or without a beard!

Jeremy Pope (no beard)

Jeremy Pope

A24

Jeremy Pope (goatee)

Jeremy Pope

Getty Images

One of the brightest stars in Hollywood right now, Jeremy Pope (The Inspection, Hollywood, Pose) is another heartthrob that we can appreciate with or without his facial hair. That is one talented actor with a gorgeous face — and we love to follow his work!

Jwan Yosef (no beard)

Jwan Yosef

Instagram (@jwanyosef)

Jwan Yosef (beard)

Jwan Yosef

Instagram (@jwanyosef)

Painter Jwan Yosef, who was married to Ricky Martin between 2017 and 2023, is another queer celebrity who can very easily pull off a full beard look as well as a clean-shaven face. This is definitely a man who can do both!

Rafael L. Silva (no beard)

Rafael L. Silva

Fox

Rafael L. Silva (beard)

Rafael L. Silva

Instagram (@actuallyrafa)

Rafael L. Silva’s breakout role as Carlos on 9-1-1: Lone Star has given him a legion of fans who ship his character and T.K. Strand (played by Ronen Rubinstein) as “Tarlos.”

Ricky Martin (no beard)

Ricky Martin

FX

Ricky Martin (beard)

Ricky Martin

Instagram (@ricky_martin)

To facial hair or not facial hair, that is the question… for Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, it doesn’t really matter. Martin keeps aging like fine wine, and can still rock a beard or no beard depending on what he’s feeling that day.

Ronen Rubinstein (no beard)

Ronen Rubinstein

Fox

Ronen Rubinstein (beard)

Ronen Rubinstein

Instagram (@ronenrubinstein)

Out bisexual actor Ronen Rubinstein is also famous for his role on 9-1-1: Lone Star as the character of T.K. Strand. In the series’ most recent season, T.K. and Carlos (played by Rafael L. Silva) got married.

Russell Tovey (no beard)

Russell Tovey

FX

Russell Tovey (beard)

Russell Tovey

HBO

We first got to know Russell Tovey on HBO’s Looking, where his character often sported some facial hair. Most recently, however, Tovey shaved it all off to play John O’Shea on FX’s Feud: Capote vs. The Swans.

Zane Phillips (no beard)

Zane Phillips

Netflix

Zane Phillips (beard)

Zane Phillips

Getty Images

Fans have been falling in love with Zane Phillips following his roles on The CW’s Legacies, Searchlight Pictures’ Fire Island, and Netflix’s Glamorous. Phillips is a queer Hollywood heartthrob no matter how much facial hair he’s sporting for any given character, photoshoot, red carpet, or social media post.

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Bernardo Sim experiences and explains queer multiverses. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.

Bernardo Sim experiences and explains queer multiverses. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.