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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.