Last July, I put on my tightest pink shirt and lowrider Levi's, tortured my hair into a faux-hawk and headed to Midtown for an audition as the fashion expert for the new makeover reality show ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Nevertheless, I wanted the gig and was miffed when I was not chosen to join the Fab Five. Was I not gay enough for prime time? Living in Chelsea, just off ''Gayth Avenue,'' I am the perfect case study of the kind of gay man who embraces everything masculine and yet is not afraid to high-kick like a Rockette when so inspired. On the outside, I want to look like the Brawny paper-towel guy, but inside I'm contemplating whether to trim my chest hair, schedule a love-handle wrap at Nickel or get the clear polish at Bloomies Nails. When ''Queer Eye'' went on the air in July, I was surprisingly charmed and found myself laughing out loud, especially at the fashion expert, Carson Kressley, and his hysterically campy quips.
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Donald Trump is explicitly trying to woo gays and lesbians. On the Democratic side, Sarah McBride was the first transgender person ever was asked to speak at the DNC and the convention had a record 27 transgender delegates in attendance. Yes, there are puzzling discriminatory bills like the bathroom law in North Carolina. Still, that law has received more derision than praise in the broader culture, and the NBA has pulled its All Star game out of Charlotte because of it. And even among the group traditionally hostile to gays and lesbians, things are shifting, mostly along generational lines. Among millennial evangelicals, full rights for LGBTs is a no-brainer.
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When Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered in , it was an instant hit. With the premise of five openly gay style experts hijacking a schlubby straight dude to give his lifestyle a reboot, the show was as entertaining as it was helpful. But Queer Eye was more than just a fun show — it was also ground-breaking.
For those of us hoping for to be the light at the end of the tunnel that was , that unfortunately has not panned out to be the case. That being said, has given us one precious gift: Netflix's reboot of 's Queer Eye. In the show's pilot episode, they give a man named Tom Jackson, a self-described "dumb old country boy from Kentucky," a total life makeover. Despite his fondness for jorts and passion for watching TV from outside while he smoked cigarettes, people loved Tom.