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    James Franco played Sean Penn's young lover Scot Smith in the film "Milk." ''For actors of my generation, Sean is considered the best,'' Franco has said.
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  • Dynasty

    The character Steven (Al Corley, Jack Coleman) on the prime-time soap "Dynasty" was the gay son of family patriarch Blake Carrington (John Forsythe). Carrington is considered one of the most controversial television characters of all time. Fearful of conservative backlash, the show kept changing the character's sexuality throughout the drama's nine-season run, with Carrington going back and forth between men and women, frustrated in his inability to develop a lasting relationship.
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  • Melrose Place

    The gay character on "Melrose Place," Matt Fielding, played by Doug Savant, was a social worker who had no love life during the first season. He spent much of his story line in one discrimination-related lawsuit after the next, was beaten up in a gay-bashing incident, lost his job and then regained it. Fielding, who now stars in "Desperate Housewives," said of playing Matt Fielding, "The first question out of most journalists' mouths is ''Are you gay?'' I never told anyone I was straight.... It was an extraordinarily biased question. Life changed because of the amount of attention the show was given. I took it with a grain of salt. I was never in the eye of the storm because I was Matt, the gay character."
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  • gay themed movies

    A 1996 episode of "Friends," titled "The One With the Lesbian Wedding" features Ross' ex-wife Carol (Jane Sibbett) marrying her lesbian lover Susan (Jessica Hecht) in a wedding officiated by Candace Gingrich, Newt's lesbian sister. NBC affiliates in Port Arthur, Texas, and Lima, Ohio, refused to air the episode, but that did not stop it from being the highest-rated TV program for the week it aired.
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  • Will and Grace

    In 1997, the same year "Ellen" was canceled, NBC introduced audiences to "Will & Grace," the story of straight designer Grace Adler and her friendship with gay attorney Will Truman. With a strong supporting cast, snappy scripts and situations that focused on the characters instead of sexuality, "Will & Grace" immediately caught on and remained a top-10 hit for the network.
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  • The L Word

    Showtime's groundbreaking show "The L World" has done remarkably well since it premiered in 2004. The show centers on a diverse group of lesbian, transgender and bisexual friends living in West Hollywood, Calif. The series has cultivated a devoted following, with many fans meeting every Sunday night for viewing parties at viewers' homes or at packed establishments like the Falcon in West Hollywood. It has also spawned its own social networking site (www.OurChart.com) and garnered huge popularity in the virtual world through fan Web sites, blogs and podcasts. The show will kick off its sixth and final season in January 2009.
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