The Bravo Channel has followed up its groundbreaking "Gay Weddings" series with "Boy Meets Boy."The latter, which premiered a few weeks ago (in July, 2003) is a kind of transitional hybrid of "Weddings" and the recent "reality"-style format of "The Real World." All this after the British and Canadian "Queer as Folk" seasons not only smashed but shattered former media stereotypical images.
Focusing on the now-novelty of preference lifestyles, the "Boy Meets Boy's" "kicker" includes "incognito straights" mixed in with "outed non-straights" to see where the fun may lead.
What drives an obviously attractive, successful gay man to subject himself to what some consider a very wide-reaching video dating service?
James, who came out at 22 while in college, explains, "I tend to meet guys who are interested in sex first and then maybe something more if the sex is good." That said, James wanted to challenge himself, better understand what he wants in a relationship, and affirm his values as a modern gay man.
Just what the outcome is remains to be seen, but a guess is toward an era of full cultural inclusiveness, regardless of lifestyle preference (a time which may be much closer than many people realize).
A refreshing new day is certainly posed in the horizon as the millennium moves rapidly forward.
It follows the story of Matt right after he comes out of a five year relationship with his boyfriend Kyle, into the new way of dating with mediums such as apps, online dating and the unwritten rules of surviving in the gay community.
Luckily, his best friend Damien is on hand to help him.
James was not told of this fact until nearly the end of the series' run, and the gay mates were never informed.
If James' final choice from among the mates was gay, James and the mate would win a cash prize and a trip for two to New Zealand provided by Alyson Adventures of Key West, Florida, which specializes in gay and lesbian small group tours throughout the world.
Damien knows a thing or two about successfully navigating the gay scene so with his help, Matt gets involved.
He writes about his experiences on his blog and along with a break up fresh in his mind he has to discover what love is all over again.
Helping him choose was his best friend Andra Stasko.