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Watch: Real World's Mike Manning and Mom Have Gay Breakthrough


The Human Rights Campaign gets some positive spin this week (for a change) as it's the backdrop for a breakthrough between a mother and her gay/bi son on MTV's The Real World: D.C. Mike Manning, one of the show's housemates, worked at HRC and his tour of their headquarters gives him an opportunity to discuss his sexuality with his mom.


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  1. The 2 HRC bosses in the first clip seem real smarmy.

    Posted by: Name | Feb 18, 2010 8:44:13 AM

  2. @Name. Seriously??? The only thing you can do is make snarky comments about the two people who are helping this mother and son realize how much they mean to each other? This is a situation most GLBT people would love to expereince. GROW UP!

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 18, 2010 9:11:16 AM

  3. And by the end of the season he'll find out that HRC is useless.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 18, 2010 9:21:44 AM

  4. Very sweet. :-)

    Posted by: Morgan | Feb 18, 2010 9:24:55 AM

  5. Really nice.

    (And he's really HOT!)

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 18, 2010 9:31:52 AM

  6. What an impressive, mature young man for 22 years of age.

    Posted by: DanDan | Feb 18, 2010 9:31:55 AM

  7. Awesome strength! This is the face of our future and it looks pretty impressive.

    Posted by: Warren | Feb 18, 2010 9:58:27 AM

  8. Mike seems like a really great guy...the real question is, what the hell is he doing on Real World?

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 18, 2010 10:06:30 AM

  9. Ah, this made me tear up. With so much negative news all the time this was a sweet, refreshing and positive story! It gives me hope for our struggle for equality. Pretty soon all the "old men" will be gone and it will be people like this young man and his tolerant peers who will be running our government.

    Posted by: JohnnyP | Feb 18, 2010 10:08:46 AM

  10. I'm really enjoying Real World DC.

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 18, 2010 10:11:29 AM

  11. Wow... a privileged, white frat boy + the HRC? Shocking.

    Posted by: Tribute | Feb 18, 2010 10:38:25 AM

  12. that was nice

    having a bad morning Tribute?

    Posted by: steve | Feb 18, 2010 10:51:11 AM

  13. Mike is cool, but he's still playing a media game. He's championing bisexuality for attention but in private he's telling his friends that he is gay. Mike is gay, not bisexual. It's actually a great move on his part because there is nothing to get caught up in, lots of guys take the slow train through bisexual to gayville. Quote this post a year from now.

    Posted by: David | Feb 18, 2010 11:17:18 AM

  14. He pretty!

    Posted by: Rascal | Feb 18, 2010 11:28:44 AM

  15. David, I thought he specifically called himself "gay" in the clip from this post.

    Posted by: Wes | Feb 18, 2010 11:43:02 AM

  16. I'm so uncomfortable watching this, I can't even get through it. I just can't imagine being his age and talking so freely about gay issues. I didin't come out until I was 28, and it was not a great experience with my family. And even though I am out now, this still brings abck closeted memories and makes me squirm.

    I can only imagine how straight republicans feel about gay issues. Maybe some empathy towards those feelings would help bridge the gap and create some education and understanding, instead of assuming people should be okay with gay issues.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 18, 2010 12:18:05 PM

  17. Not to diminish the "moment," but his brother is hot too. At least I assume it was his brother.

    Great mom. Love her.

    Posted by: pistolpetey | Feb 18, 2010 12:21:32 PM

  18. Wow! This is nice. I'm disappointed in HRC lately, but it's nice to see they have passionate young people like this working for them. This is not really about HRC but about the true coming-out of this man and his family. It's amazing to see the light go on in his mothers eyes when she finally gets it. Americans need to see more stories like this, if the media will only do it.

    Posted by: Brad | Feb 18, 2010 12:28:38 PM

  19. I don't know. It's a good episode and a good message but I don't like the guy. He is clearly attention needy--bisexual but only at bars with crowds watching? It's pretty easy to see that he's gay because after he makes out with a girl, his roommates ask what his boyfriend back home will think and he doesn't seem to be a big deal. If he was truly bisexual, wouldn't that be cheating since there is the potential to have true feelings for a woman?

    Also, his brother seemed to get defensive and say "he's not gay, he's just bisexual" like being bi is not as bad.

    I don't know. I feel like they could have found someone who was more intelligent. There are tons of politically active gay kids out there with stories just as, and even more gripping than Mike's. We've seen the preppy confused jock angle several times already on the Real World.

    Posted by: Washingtowashn | Feb 18, 2010 12:37:10 PM

  20. @Hollywood, CA

    Guess what,we are the new generation of gays.I came out to my parents and friends at 14.I am now 23 and living happily and securely in my own skin.And I dont have to marry some chick to hide my true self.One of the things BOTH of my parents taught me is to live life for myself,not other people and to lead my own path,not follow others.Obviously there is a generation gap here,because I dont see how a gay man of ANY age could be uncomfortable with what took place in that clip.Sorry,I just dont.Unless its a personal issue.

    Posted by: Shilo | Feb 18, 2010 12:37:50 PM

  21. And for the record I HATE the "Real World".There is nothing real about this crappy show.Just drama queens and homophobic frat boys.Not my scene,sorry!

    Posted by: Shilo | Feb 18, 2010 12:42:17 PM

  22. I don't actually feel his sincerity or passion to do advocacy work. In one of the early episode while he was interviewing to actually get the internship at HRC he showed up wearing a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers. Maybe that's a small detail but I think it says a lot.

    Then in this episode he stated he didn't even know who is congressman was. That's embarrassing. I knew who mine were before I could even vote.

    Posted by: Ralphie | Feb 18, 2010 12:48:59 PM

  23. Wes. AfterElton has an interview up right now where he is touting that he is bisexual. He's actually gay. I swear to you that Mike is not a bad guy, he's just still going through the coming out process. Wash (above) gives a good example of the pressure he is under and the opinion that people around him hold of gay people. It's not easy for him to admit he's gay. In a year he'll be more comfortable and the AfterElton article will look silly, especially with it's confrontational headline "Deal with it"

    Posted by: David | Feb 18, 2010 1:28:04 PM

  24. What an awesome parent. Both of my parents encouraged me to remain closeted after I came out -- If only!!!

    Posted by: Cameron Johnson | Feb 18, 2010 1:31:35 PM

  25. "Wow... a privileged, white frat boy + the HRC? Shocking."

    ha ha. And, apparently, some people here find him attractive. Kinda sorta explains the "tearing up," yeah? It's all sales.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 18, 2010 2:21:35 PM

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