Gay TV network to launch Thursday

Brian Graden, the force behind the programming on MTV, VH1, and CMT, is launching a new network on Thursday, June 30. Logo will make history as the first gay-oriented network available without special order, and it will initially appear in about 10 million American homes with digital cable.

Graden grew up in rural Illinois and attended Oral Roberts University, where he struggled to "make it" with his college band, the Ozones. Once it became obvious that the Ozones were not headed for stratospheric success, Graden moved on and earned an MBA from Harvard University. The resulting combination of business and liberal arts education gave him the range of tools necessary to become one of the most creative and accomplished television executives.

When Graden befriended Trey Parker and Matt Stone, he stumbled upon what was to be the springboard for his career--the hit cartoon South Park. Graden helped Parker and Stone to develop the animated show, and within a few years he had moved to MTV and was filling the airwaves with wildly successful shows such as The Osbournes, Newlyweds, and Jackass.

Graden, a gay man himself, is acutely aware of the importance of diversity within the network. Unlike the other MTV networks, Logo will provide a broad scope of programming to appeal to the entire gay community. It will air series, documentaries, and specials populated by characters such as a transgender actress, a gay 22-year-old Latino man, a longtime lesbian couple, and a group of African-American gay men living in Santa Monica.

"We're talking to an audience that has already felt that it has been excluded from the media tapestry for many years," says Graden. "It didn't feel right to create a channel where some people would feel further excluded."

In addition to Logo's original programming, the network will broadcast from its library of more than 200 lesbian and gay films and will cover LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) news stories through a partnership with CBS News.

Logo will be available only to those whose satellite or digital cable providers choose to carry it. Show your support by visiting the Logo Web site and signing in--then Logo will let providers know what you want!

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Aug 06, 2011
the world is getting gay every other day. I was checking out this blog http://gaypreviews.blogspot.com/ and was surprised at how much gay tv is out there.
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Nov 15, 2008
Very good shows
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Nov 10, 2006
noahs arc is awesome,i love it keep up the good work.
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Aug 07, 2006
I LOVE THE SHOW-NOAH ARC!I happen to catch the show one night and truly love it.The opposite of sex & the city-just 4 gay black women-Ha! Keep up the good work. You have my vote. But you're missing something-maybe a gay black sista for friendship-think about it.peace gheto
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Jun 22, 2006
can you please tell me if the gay channel is coming to Australia cable tv?

thank you
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Jun 19, 2006
This is the best show ever.
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May 16, 2006
Yes it may seem kinda weird but it's a way to slowly expose ****phobic people to the thing the fear most, maybe even make them less judgemental and accept the ****s' individuality. I've never watched the channel, but it doesn't sound like a creative idea. Hope they would make something great out of it.
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Sep 05, 2005
I think this is great! It's about time! And I'm thrilled that I have this channel! And I totally agree with everything you said lilaholland!
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Aug 21, 2005
gay tv?
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Aug 21, 2005
****tv?
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Jul 03, 2005
Checked out the channel's website real quick and I saw Wonderfalls listed as a series on the channel. YAY! Wonderfalls has one **** character (2, if you count her girlfriend) and she's just the sister of the main character, so I'm assuming all of the programming won't be the same, which is awesome. I was psyched to see that my cable provider added this channel but unfortunately it's part of one of the movie packages I currently don't have. >_< Oh well, I think this is a great idea.
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Jun 30, 2005
I've been hearing about this for a while, now they're actually taking action to it. I've also heard that there is going to be a lesbian channel for women....I bet a ton of desperate lonely teenagers will be watching that network.
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Jun 30, 2005
Oh boy, the ****s will just love another network from the guy who brought such crap as MTV and VH1. I mean, they're all turning into BET anyways because it's supposedly cool to be into that sorta thing. Anyhows, this doesn't seem like it will do a whole lot for the **** community. They need better channels.
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Jun 30, 2005
so will it be a segment on mtv or will it have its own independant channel?
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Jun 29, 2005
Hmm sounds like this has been ripped right out of the script of Will & Grace.
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Jun 29, 2005
Yeah, I don't know why it's blocking the word, but we are working on it.
What makes you think that ****s and lesbians aren't interested in transgendered people? My friends run the gamut of sexuality and gender, and all are interested in what's going on with each other.
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Jun 29, 2005
funny I can't use the G word, but the story uses it multiple times. (any blocked word from me was a 3 letter word that means "****sexual")
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Jun 28, 2005
It's fine that they want a **** orriented station, but you know it's going to be as bigot filled as any other station, though this one will be anti straight people.

Then of course if this guy is behind MTV, you know what that means.. in 3 years, they'll start making tons of tv shows of varying catagories... and then after another couple years, there won't be a **** show on the network.

My question is do **** and lesbian people want to know about Transgenders? I'm guessing not.
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Jun 28, 2005
I'm sure that there will be straight characters in these shows - it would be rather unrealistic for them to be populated only by **** characters.
Do you find it odd that the majority of shows on other networks have only straight characters? What about the ones that have just one or two token **** characters, who are often used for comic relief and never have realistic relationships or onscreen kisses? There might not be a need for a network like Logo if **** people were accurately represented on the rest of television.
Not trying to start a fight here - just a discussion.
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Jun 28, 2005
Its just a little bit weird that they would actually have nothing but **** stuff on it... :P Will all of the shows star **** people? They will discriminate against shows that have straight people in them? Just really weird, and maybe even a little affensive.
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Jun 28, 2005
Blue State TV
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Jun 28, 2005
Seems pretty normal to me. To be expected.
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Jun 28, 2005
um wow this is kinda weird
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