Carson Kressley & Ted Allen Say Queer Eye Forced Them to Come Out

Ten years ago, a handsome and gabby group of five gay lifestyle experts blazed onto the TV scene as makeover savants, opening doors to their worlds of culture, beauty, food and style – and in the process, exposing for many hopeless heteros what it’s like to live and thrive as a gay men.

Ashley Judd's Other Talent

Perhaps you never outgrow being raised in a family full of talented people. After growing up in the shadow of her singing duo mother, Naomi, and sister Wynonna, Ashley Judd became a huge star in her own right, of course. But when we asked her recently whether she identified with Linda Lee Porter, wife of composer Cole Porter, whom she plays in De-Lovely (opening in limited release July 2), she said, “I think I relate to her a lot.

Straight Girls to Get Their 'Queer Eye'

Turnabout being fair play, Bravo is spinning off of its ratings hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” with the gender-switching new series “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl,” reports Variety.

The cable network apparently has committed to 13 episodes of the female version – which, like its inspiration, will show what happens when five experts go to work polishing up someone in need of a life-and-looks makeover.

'Queer' Guy Replaces Kirstie Alley in Ads

Advertising, like TV programming, it seems, is getting more gay, reports The New York Times.

For starters, Kirstie Alley is out as the pitchperson for the Pier 1 retail chain. Replacing her in the company’s $60 million annual ad campaign: Thom Filicia, the decorating expert from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

His commercials begin running on Thursday, says the newspaper. And, likely to make GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) even gladder: Openly gay and lesbian pitch people are appearing in more ads aimed at all demographic groups.