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My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

GayTube

by PAUL BELLINI

Gay TV is alive and well. It’s just not on actual TV anymore. It’s on YouTube.

Check out Jonny McGovern. The comedian, best known for being a cast member of The Big Gay Sketch Show (whose most famous member is SNL’s gifted Kate McKinnon) has launched a whole YouTube channel called theStream.tv which boasts shows with titles like Hey Qween!, Look at Huh, He’s Fit, Drag Cousins, and Whoa Dude! They’re all pretty much the same, but they are funny and very topical. There’s also a show hosted by Lady Red Couture called Judge Lady Red, in which she settles hissy fits between young gay dudes with a ‘Shade’ or ‘Not Shade’ ruling. You could spend hours watching this stuff. If anything, it will make you even more homosexual than you already are. Check out all the fun at http://heyqween.tv.

Then there’s Sherry Vine, whose gaySVTVworld premieres February 14 with a slate of eight programs, releasing daily, all free at YouTube.com/MissSherryVine. Shows include Sherry and the Greek, Fashion PuhLeez, and EduGAYtion. She is even hosting a film festival, which kicks off with "Searching for Taylor Swift," a short film about a diehard ‘Swiftie’ who does everything he can to meet the princess of pop but ends up falling in love with a drag queen version of her. It can happen to anyone.

Each Saturday, The SVTV Short Film Fest will present a new short film along with interviews from the filmmakers and special bonus features.

Almost everyone on these shows is a drag queen, a hunk, or a comedian. No surprise. I do find myself warmed by their existence. When I was growing up, the only ‘gay content’ was when someone made a fag joke on a sitcom. Happily, there’s lots of gay TV happening here in Toronto as well. In the past month, I was a guest on Ryan Russell’s www.ryantimetv.com (with host Richard Ryder) and Antoine Elhashem’s http://thebuzzmag.ca/buzz-tv/. I had tons of fun dressing up and talking about myself. Thank God for gay TV or I would never have this opportunity otherwise.

The future is here, and TV is gayer than ever. On YouTube at least. 

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