Meet Metro Weekly’s Coverboy Finalists

Metro Weekly has chosen its “Coverboy of the Year” for 2011. The top three choices are Moises (left), Kory (middle) and Tyler (right). They will unveil the winner Thursday. See them pose in varying states (including shirtless) here.

Meet the finalists:

Moises, 18, was bullied often during middle school, but he put a stop to it as a high school freshman by punching out a bully. He came out his sophomore year and eventually was elected homecoming king of Alexandria’s Thomas A. Edison High School. Currently taking classes at Northern Virginia Community College, he plans to head south to Virginia Commonwealth University to study photography.

Kory, 25, is originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands and while one of the first things you might notice is his collection of 43 tattoos, more telling is his straightforward personality and his charitable streak. Locally, he’s been helping with a “sock drive” for homeless people and collecting food for So Others May Eat, while at the same time helping organize the first-ever gay pride celebration back in his childhood home of St. Thomas.

Tyler, 27, decided to be a Nightlife Coverboy as a small reward for all the work he’d put in at the gym. A GWU graduate — international affairs plus German language and literature — he’s one semester from his MBA at American University, and planning to launch a web-based business with his identical twin (and straight) brother.

“The winner gets chosen by our readers,” explained Co-Publisher Sean Bugg. Employees never vote. Each year contestants are compiled from the covers of their nightlife section. The contest launched in 2000. “We wanted to do something that was more creative,” he said. “Usually gay publications take beefcake pictures from porn sites. We wanted to celebrate people who are actually part of our community. Washington has a reputation as not a pretty city, but there are actually a lot of good looking guys around.”

Find out about the Coverboy of the Year Party…

The Coverboy of the Year Party and Model Search is this Saturday night, Dec. 17, at Town Danceboutique. Details: Come meet the winners of Metro Weekly’s 2011 Nightlife Coverboy of the Year contest at the Coverboy Party, hosted by Ebone Bell and Lena Lett. One of the three finalists — Kory, Moises or Tyler — will be crowned Coverboy of the Year. Join us as we celebrate the winners and 11 years of coverboys.

Former Coverboys can get in for free but you must RSVP to Sean Bugg at or to his Facebook by Thursday at 5 p.m.! That’s any former coverboy from the past 11 years. But Coverboys only, not doing any plus-ones.

Age restriction: 21+ Cover: $8 from 10 to 11 p.m., $12 after 11 p.m.