“I didn’t want to continue the perpetuation of gay characters
that we’ve seen on television and in film,” St. Patrick says in ETonline’s
exclusive look back at their relationship. The interview reflects a time -- from
2001 to 2005 -- when diverse and layered gay characters existed on TV like they do
“I know about stereotypes. I’m a black man and I live that
life everyday. I just think -- it wasn’t something I wanted to participate in,”
St. Patrick adds.
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In the years since the show went off the air, TV has seen an
explosion of gay characters -- from family-oriented shows (ABC Family’s The Fosters) and delicious soaps (Fox’s Empire) to love-lost tales (HBO’s Looking) and the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC
dramas (Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, and Scandal).
The video from HBO is the final chapter in the network’s
celebration of Pride. Over the course of the month, it has recognized the
fearless storytelling of Dee Rees, writer and director of Bessie,
the strength of activists Janet Mock and Larry Kramer, and the determination of
the plaintiffs in The Case Against 8.
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