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Heralding Gale. (reader forum).

Gale Harold is beautiful, talented, and sexy as hell ["Gale Force," February 5]! His whole approach to the role of Brian Kinney is very enlightening. Society could learn a thing or two from this gorgeous man!

Beth Billera, Plano, Tex.

Thank you to Gale Harold for not doing the same "straight-actor interview" that reads "It was uncomfortable to kiss a guy" or "I'm so straight, let's talk about my wife and kids, and did you hear about my wife?" Bravo to a man who knows what it means to be an actor playing a role.

Queer as Folk is one of the best shows to come along and is saving more lives than any other show on television. I can honestly say it has saved mine. I hope gays and lesbians will stop judging it with the ever-popular "That's not how we are in real life" way of thinking and just look at it for what it is. Get the rest of the cast on the cover soon!

Ren Matney, Portland, Ore.

I think Harold is bisexual but can't admit it to himself. Why is he so-o-o gay-friendly? He seems to have identified more with the gay side of the milieu in which he grew up. He has gay friends, and he's playing a red-hot gay guy on the screen. Why didn't he identify more with the straight crowd during adolescence if he's so straight? He has certainly taken to playing Brian like a duck takes to water.

Anne Canwell, via the Internet

Thank you for your well-written and insightful cover story that revealed another layer of the enigma known as Gale Harold. This Adonis is not only gorgeous, sexy, and mysterious but also unapologetic, sincere, honest, extremely well-spoken, and highly intelligent.

As an avid fan of Queer as Folk, I applaud Harold and the entire cast of QAF for their courage in taking on these challenging and controversial roles that bring us closer to understanding, tolerance, and forging the path to a brave new world.

Deborah A. Jones, Torrance, Calif.

After some initial misgivings, I have become a fan of Showtime's Queer as Folk. However, the series' most critical flaw is the character of Brian as portrayed by Gale Harold.

In the British version of QAF, Brian's counterpart, Stuart, was also hedonistic, self-centered, and arrogant, qualities that have been passed on to Brian. What Showtime's version has failed to capture are two aspects of Stuart's character that made viewers forgive (or at least tolerate) his shortcomings: his sense of fun and, more important, his compassion and love for his friends.

The example that comes to mind occurred early in both versions, during the episode in which Ted (Phil in the British version) falls into a coma after a drug overdose. In Showtime's QAF it is Michael who, with Emmett's help, cleans up Ted's apartment so his mother won't see his dildos and porn tapes, while Brian just pisses and moans. In the British QAF, it's Stuart who decides to sanitize Phil's apartment and calls Vince (Michael's English counterpart) to come help. In that one moment the audience understands why Stuart's friends remain loyal to him, which in turn wins our loyalty. I am still waiting for Harold and the Showtime writers to demonstrate why Brian's friends or I should care in the least about Brian.

Lon Weyland, Los Angeles, Calif.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Mar 5, 2002
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