Famous Gay People
If one were to try to compile a list of famous gay people, perhaps it could be dated back hundreds of years, but it hasn’t been until more recently that gay people, famous or not, have had the support to comfortably make such an announcement. Public awareness to perpetuate acceptance of all people regardless of sexual orientation has been spearheaded over the years by famous gay people including Elton John, Greg Louganis, Ellen Degeneres and Rosie O’Donnell.
Still, no one could argue that the July 15, 2003 debut of a new reality TV show launched the careers of five now incredibly famous gay people. Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy delivered us the Fab Five - Kyan Douglas, Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez, and Thom Filicia. What exactly is it about these five superbly stylish guys that could explain their rise to stardom? Probably a combination of things.
To begin with, the premise of the show is both comical and clever. Many a girl has wondered why all their dashing, stylish, sensitive and funny male friends are gay and even though they are in search of a heterosexual relationship, secretly wish their male partners could display just a few of those traits. The Fab Five don’t necessarily use their sexual orientation to facilitate change in a straight man, they simply use their individual talents, but the show still smartly incorporates the traits that are stereotypically attached to gay men with their relevance and impact to the straight man’s everyday lifestyle.
This premise has obviously worked since the show is wildly popular and made record prime-time ranks for Bravo. After the show’s debut, the Fab Five appeared on Oprah, Regis and Kelly, Jay Leno and other talk-circuit venues and they secured the 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. Individually or as a package deal, these guys are hip, funny, and talented to boot. They’re famous, they’re gay, and would make the top of the guest list of famous gay people to have to dinner. In fact, they’d probably be the list – at least for most women.