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

The New Gay Tube

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

The New Gay Tube

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Sometimes there's a gay god so quickly. Apologies to Tennessee Williams for the postmodern paraphrase, but it wasn't so long ago that groups of us would sit around the TV set and watch Linda Evans and Joan Collins digging their claws into each other on Dynasty, wondering- what it would be like to have a gay channel where we could watch endless variations of Dynasty, maybe even without commercial breaks. (Remember those? The things you now TiVo through?)

And now, a mere wiggle of a witch's nose later, you can indulge in not just one but three channels of homo promo. Four if you count Bravo, and even more if you spend time watching VH1 or E! or any of the house, garden, fashion, style, food, or makeover channels, or even ESPN and Fox Sports if they're showing synchronized swimming or the WNBA.

You can watch Logo, with stand-up specials and some edited and commercial-interrupted classic movies on gay themes. Over at Here network, with no commercials, you can see some foreign pictures, some new independent features, and a hilarious Canadian soap opera called Paradise Falls. As is the custom on soap operas, most of the people in this small northern Ontario town are congenital idiots--the lady cop who rims the police station accidentally leaves her baby at an outdoor cafe, that sort of thing. There's a gay bed-and-breakfast in town, the object of much scorn from the local fundamentalists, but we know who will prevail. Hunks in Speedos abound, as do naked straight guys and their desperate housewife fling-mates. Being Canadian, even the bigots are kind of sweet and polite. …

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