By now, hopefully you've grabbed a copy of The Advocate which features a cover profile of Doug Spearman, the out actor who plays "Chance" on Noah's Arc. The interview is excerpted online, but, if you have the magazine and read the full profile, the actor reveals a wonderful anecdote about his role on television's first black gay-themed television show. Spearman says that he has been regularly corresponding with a female viewer who used the show to help her 16 year old son cope with his coming out during the past year.
"He's a black teenager in North Carolina. She was blown away, this single mom rising a kid, and she didn't realize he was gay, and how is she going to deal with it? She saw Noah's Arc was coming on, and she got him to watch it and to sit down and talk about it. She was helping him acclimate himself, and I thought that was amazing."
That truly is an amazing story—somewhat along the lines of Darryl Stephens' anecdotes about fans who have spoken to him—and it must be very inspiring to give hope and solace to so many others. On a totally unrelated note, Doug says that the episode where his character drove an SUV into the home of a cheating boyfriend was actually based on one of his own true experiences—except that it was a Volkswagen Rabbit. Ouch. Probably hurt the car a lot more than the wall.
The Sexy Professor (The Advocate)