No actor, perhaps, has been more affected personally by the success of Queer as Folk than Robert Gant, who came out as a gay actor after being cast in the Showtime series.
Robert Gant came out of the closet after being cast in the Showtime series Queer as Folk.
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He came out, he says, because the show "was so much about telling the truth," and he would have felt like a hypocrite if he had lied about his own life.
Still, he was afraid of what his action would do to his career, which had been built on playing husbands and fathers.
"All I heard was that the last thing I should do is come out. Instead, I think the interest has never been stronger. The phone definitely rings more than it ever has, and I think things were good before."
Things also seem to be good in his now-public personal life. Gant, 35, has recently been linked with Kyan Douglas, the hunky hairdresser from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Are they a couple? "Kyan is an amazing guy. I'd say that we're friends and very much enjoying getting to know each other."