Big strides recently for the gay community. First Pope Francis speaks up for equality (go Pope!) and then Bravo announces that it will air a 10th anniversary reunion special for “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” in October.
It’s crazy to think about how far along we’ve come, sociologically speaking, in such a short amount of time–though many would correctly argue that it’s been long overdue–in the past decade. “Queer Eye” was groundbreaking in that it introduced an alternative lifestyle to mid-America, where many just didn’t understand what being gay was about and some feared what they didn’t know. I really think the television show opened a lot of doors in a very subtle and accessible way.
Last year, here in the Hamptons, it was the summer of Ted Allen. The now “Chopped” host, among other things, attended some of the biggest and best food and wine events (including Chefs & Champagne, which we interviewed him for at the Press) and was gracious and pretty darn awesome.
This past summer, it was the season of Thom Filicia. I saw the designer everywhere, including the Holiday House Hamptons showhouse, where he designed a room, and at a Contemporaries cocktail party for Guild Hall at Topping Rose (Tom Colicchio’s terrific restaurant in Bridgehampton). Lucky me!
Both Ted and Thom are such nice guys. I don’t know the other three (Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez and Kyan Douglas) but if they’re anything like their former castmates, I can’t wait to meet them too.