Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Reality of Gay Sex

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Reality of Gay Sex

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Politically speaking, my favorite openly gay reality TV stars are the couples. A few days before they flew to Ottawa, Canada, to get legally married, Amazing Race contestants Lynn Warren and Alex Ali dropped by Hollywood for lunch with The Advocate's arts and entertainment editor, Alonso Duralde, and me. Over salads and sandwiches at Hamburger Hamlet they were every bit as loopy and lively as they'd seemed on this past winter's CBS reality show. (They came in fifth, in case you missed it.) They were excited about their upcoming nuptials, generously sponsored by gay-friendly tourist destinations and an Ottawa radio station. A honeymoon in Hawaii was to follow.

As we finished eating, a Midwestern-looking nuclear family--Dad, Mom, two well-scrubbed kids, clearly tourists--stopped by the table to say hi. "We started off rooting for Rob and Amber," the dad said, referring to the obnoxious engaged Racers who'd previously won $1.1 million on Survivor: All-Stars. Rob and Amber nearly elbowed their way to victory on the Race too; at one point they drove hurriedly past Lynn and Alex when the gay couple had stopped to help other contestants whose SUV had overturned, injuring a cameraman. After that incident, Dad went on, "we started rooting for you."

Mom nodded in agreement. Everyone shook hands, and the family went back to sightseeing. It wasn't exactly an endorsement of Lynn and Alex's same-sex wedding, but it was remarkable nonetheless.

Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt were the first gay couple to win a big reality prize, also on The Amazing Race. …

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