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In '03, a boy met a boy & Ellen's TV reign began
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In '03, a boy met a boy & Ellen's TV reign began

TV got a whole lot gayer with the introduction of Boy Meets Boy, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In 2003, James Getzlaff gained recognition as the leading man on the reality TV show Boy Meets Boy. The show, which aired on Bravo, followed Getzlaff's journey to find love among a group of eligible bachelors. However, there was a twist: some of the contestants were actually gay, while others were straight.

Throughout the series, Getzlaff navigated through challenges and dates, to determine who among the contestants was interested in him. Ultimately, he chose Wes Culwell as the winner, but it was revealed during the finale that Culwell was actually straight, leaving Getzlaff heartbroken. Despite the disappointment, Getzlaff's time on Boy Meets Boy made him a stand out figure in reality television.

Getzlaff has since maintained a low profile in the public since Boy Meets Boy had aired. He chose to live a more private life following his time on reality TV.

In 2003, Television played a crucial role in bringing LGBTQ+ stories to a wider audience. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which premiered on Bravo, became an instant hit. The show featured the Fab Five, a group of gay men with expertise in fashion, grooming, food, culture, and design, who transformed the lives of straight men. Their humor, and style helped demystify gay culture for mainstream audiences.

Another significant television milestone was the debut of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen DeGeneres, an openly lesbian comedian and actress, brought her charisma to daytime TV. Her show quickly became popular, earning high ratings, while her openness about her sexuality continued to inspire and normalize LGBTQ+ identities in the public eye.

In film, Angels in America premiered as a miniseries on HBO. This adaptation, featuring stars like Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson, tackled complex themes of AIDS, homosexuality, and political corruption during the Reagan era. Its powerful storytelling brought attention to LGBTQ+ issues and history, while bringing awareness and empathy.

Music also saw LGBTQ+ representation with artists like Rufus Wainwright, who continued to captivate audiences with his openly gay identity and deeply personal music. His album Want One was released in 2003 and received numerous praise, which solidified his place as a prominent queer voice in the music industry.

2003 was a year marked by the emergence of influential shows, films, and music that provided visibility and representation. These milestones not only entertained but also educated, contributing to a larger acceptance and better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!
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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!

It's been 30 years since the annual Out100 list started highlighting the best and brightest of the community. To honor that milestone, let's take a look back at the many LGBTQ+ people who have changed the world.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Out100, Out’s storied annual list of LGBTQ+ people who have changed culture — and the world.

In celebration of this milestone, we are so proud to launch the official Out100 Vault, which highlights the Out100 covers from our archive as well as fresh essays and insights from past honorees.

The preservation of the LGBTQ+ past has never been more important, as the recent right-wing attempts at queer book bans and censorship demonstrate. For over three decades, Out has fought against mainstream erasure, telling the stories of the artists, warriors, and changemakers who made our history and our movement. Looking to the future, we hope you find inspiration from them in the ongoing fight for visibility and equality.

And if you, or someone you know, deserve to be on this list, please let us know through the Reader’s Choice submission page. Your stories and accomplishments need to be heard, and Out as always is here to tell them.

Sincerely,


Daniel Reynolds

Editor in chief, Out Magazine

Raffy Ermac

Editor in chief, Out.com

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Gabriella Angelina

Gabriella Angelina is an entertainment journalist with a unique perspective on the world of TV and film. With a motto of "Don't watch me, watch TV," she has become known for her insightful and often humorous critiques of the latest in entertainment.

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Gabriella Angelina is an entertainment journalist with a unique perspective on the world of TV and film. With a motto of "Don't watch me, watch TV," she has become known for her insightful and often humorous critiques of the latest in entertainment.

Follow her on TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.