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Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting

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In the summer of 2003, gays were big news in the United States and Canada: the U.S. Supreme Court overturned sodomy laws in all states, the Canadian government decided to award marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and Gene Robinson was confirmed as the bishop of New Hampshire, making him the first openly gay and partnered Episcopalian bishop in the Anglican church. The television show that catalyzed the national imagination was Bravo cable channel's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, a makeover show in which five gay men worked with the raw material of a stylistically and socially incompetent heterosexual in order to "build a better straight man."

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Date Posted: 07 October 2008