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Gay Iconography: 'The Real World' Of Pedro Zamora


MTV’s The Real World wasn’t always the alcohol-fueled neanderthal breeding program it became in later seasons. The show’s first few casts helped to not only pioneer socially-conscious reality television, but they also told some of the most ground-breaking stories about the LGBT community ever to grace the medium.

The third season, based in San Francisco, famously featured the story of HIV/AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Born in Cuba, Zamora and his family came to America in 1980 and resided in the suburbs of Miami. He learned he was HIV-positive while still in high school, and spent the years following his diagnosis speaking out about living with HIV/AIDS and the importance of educating young people about the disease.

As part of 1994’s The Real World: San Francisco cast, Pedro furthered the national dialogue about HIV/AIDS. A former honor student and star athlete, he pushed his roommates’ understanding of people living with HIV/AIDS, and, in turn, the perceptions of audiences. (He also taught us that Puck was an idiot, but we probably would’ve come to that conclusion on our own.)

Revisit Pedro’s impact with some clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Real World's Danny Roberts Says He Hooked Up with Castmate Who is 'Straight and Married' Now: VIDEO


On last night's Watch What Happens Live, which was a Real World reunion of sorts, Real World: New Orleans' Danny Roberts revealed that during one season of The Real World-Road Rules Challenge, he hooked up with someone who is "straight and married now."

NewNowNext thinks they know who it is:

Now, Danny was kind enough to not say who the man was, but did mention later in the show that he once received a angry (and we assume very drunken) call from Real World: Las Vegas cast member and professional hot mess Trishelle Cannatella about the incident. And Trishelle used to date Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, who appeared on the same season of The Challenge as Danny. And Mike is not married, but is engaged. And didn’t we all used to wonder about The Miz, who is now a professional wrestler?



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News: Chris Brown, Google, Madonna, Mercury

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Is Chris Brown's new song asking Drake to come out of the closet?

Bencohen6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Ben Cohen on the day he received a phone call from Elton John: "He said, 'I hear you’re deaf. I love the work you’re doing and I’d love to help you. When you’re next in America I’m going to send you over to [hearing aid manufacturer] Starkey and fit you out with new state-of-the-art hearing aids. While you’re there you might as well see the head guy, the owner.' It was an amazing day."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Neil Patrick Harris and Newt Gingrich are just two of the few celebrities/notables who have been selected to give Google Glass a whirl.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Howard Kurtz says Anderson Cooper is not interested in Matt Lauer's gig on The Today Show.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d 20-year-old Cason Crane is on his way to becoming the first openly gay mountaineer to climb the so-called "Seven Summits." He started on number six yesterday: Mount Everest.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Katy Perry and Jane Lynch bump into each other while out on a hike.

Mercury6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The green meteorite found in Morocco last year might just be from the planet Mercury.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Madonna's homeless brother gets blunt about his relationship with his sister: "She lives in her own world. I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Nelson Mandela on the mend after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The Real World cast member Marlon Williams admits to a past gay experience but insists he is neither gay or bisexual.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Facebook co-founder Sean Parker will get married in June in a medieval-themed wedding celebration.

'Real World' Cast Member Threatens to 'Beat the Gay' Out of His Lesbian Housemate: VIDEO


Real World: San Diego housemate Zach learned the phrase "beat the gay out of you" somewhere and decided to casually use it against his lesbian housemate in last night's episode, which didn't go down too well.

TV Squad explains:

This week, when Sam approached Zach to let him know that she and Ashley were waiting on him, a verbal argument over the ping-pong paddles escalated. Zach accused her of wanting him to go get ready so she could play, and she countered by saying she would throw the paddles over the edge of the porch.

"I will beat the gay out of you if you throw these paddles off the porch," he snapped. "Don't play that game with me."


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Frank Confronts Nate About His Homophobia on 'The Real World': VIDEO


On last night's Real World: San Diego Frank had a dish-smashing, chair-throwing confrontation with Nate about his homophobia.

TV Squad writes :"After threatening to walk off of the show, Frank ultimately apologized to the entire house for his reckless behavior, and Nate said he would go to a gay bar to prove he was comfortable with the situation now. Besties again?"

I haven't watched any of this season, but it feels like someone has a crush on someone —  this sure looks like a lover's quarrel to me.


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