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0 comments | Monday, November 01, 2010

A few days late on this one but it's still definitely worth mentioning. Actor and friend to the LGBT community Rockmond Dunbar appeared on ABC's Private Practice last week in a moving portrayal of a married closeted gay man infected with HIV.

This is the second time in recent months Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes has tackled an LGBT theme. You may recall the transgender storyline played by Noah's Arc alum Darryl Stephens.

In this episode Dunbar's character is rushed to the hospital along with his boyfriend, a prostitute, following a car crash. After doctors learn of his HIV and marital status and his wife's plan to have a child they convince Dunbar to come clean to his wife about his secret double life.

The episode is well written and Dunbar wears his heart on his sleeve in this role. However, it's quite disheartening that the down low is a recurring theme on television involving black gay characters and the writer's missed the opportunity to show two black gay men in a relationship during prime time.

Watch a clip from this episode via Son of Baldwin here. You can also watch the full episode here.

h/t Son of Baldwin & Jeff Hobbs


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