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Bravo’s Brad and Gary are a surprising pair of accidental role models

Brad World

I've been openly gay for nine years, living in Atlanta for almost seven and recently met a pretty cool dude I enjoy spending time with.

This gay thing is old hat by now.

There are gay people on television everywhere. I try to stay away from most of them, but I was caught off guard the other night when Bravo's "It's a Brad, Brad World" happened to follow one of my must-watch TV shows, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

In this particular episode, our protagonist Brad Goreski, a 30-something fashion stylist launching his own company after parting ways with his reality TV mentor Rachel Zoe, is whisked away to Milan for men's fashion week.

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[Video] GLAAD Media Awards highlights

GLAAD logoLast night, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) held the 2011 Media Awards in Los Angeles. Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, from NBC's Parks and Recreation, hosted the show.

“Well, I guess you could say I'm coming out tonight!” a bubbly Dolly Parton said when she came to the stage to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt.

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An open-minded approach to gay marriage

Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen talk marriage equalityBeing gay in a largely straight world comes with a special brand of discrimination that stretches from "I hate gay people" to "I hate feminine gay men" and "I like gay people, but I don't think their marriage should be the same as mine."

You don't need me to tell you that it's complicated.

But every now and then, I'm happy to hear enlightened opinions from straight folks who support gay marriage… a number that's growing according to a new poll by CBS and the Washington Post.

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Interview: Takeover artist Tabatha Coffey turns her infamous scrutiny on herself

Tabatha Coffey stars on Bravo's 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover'

From the first moment audiences encountered Tabatha Coffey on Bravo’s “Shear Genius,” she has never been shy with an opinion. Her reputation as the dominatrix of deep-conditioning led to her own series on the network, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” now in its third season.

Each episode features Coffey in a struggling salon, doling out tough love to the owner and staff. In each installment, it is absolutely guaranteed someone will cry, Tabatha will be gobsmacked by someone’s incompetence, and at least one person will call her a bitch. Sometimes this all happens in the same scene.

In her new memoir, “It’s Not All About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love and the Business of Beauty,” Coffey opens up about growing up in the dressing rooms of drag queens, coming out at fifteen, the nearly fatal experience of getting breast implants, and why it doesn’t matter if the truth hurts. She talked to the GA Voice while packing to leave Hollywood, following her TV Guide Channel coverage of the Academy Awards.

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Home & Real Estate: Design on a dollar

Kerry Howard gives tips on designing with a budget

The Great Recession and the weak recovery that followed have changed how many designers operate and how people are approaching their own home design. Many designers, like Midtown’s Kerry Howard of Howard House Interiors, have changed their business model so they can better fit into smaller budgets.

“I deal with a lot of people on a tight budget, because everyone is on a budget, and what we do is a bible for a room and agree on one price and then they can do all the legwork,” says Howard, who is gay and was a contestant on “Top Design.”

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Fall Preview: LGBT characters on the small screen

There are a fair number of LGBT characters on TV this fall

The start of the fall television season bites for gay fans of HBO’s way homoerotic vampire series “True Blood,” which airs its season finale Sept. 12.

But there are still plenty of queer small-screen offerings for cozy nights in front of the TV, or boisterous evenings hooting at your favorites with friends.

Two of the hottest gay-inclusive new series on network TV last year — “Glee” on FOX and “Modern Family” on NBC — went head to head in the Aug. 29 Primetime Emmy Awards, with “Modern Family” taking home the statue for Best Comedy Series.