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Two gay male married couples have become celebrity interior designers, thanks to their television appearances in the United Kingdom and Canada, respectively.

Colin McAllister (b. 1968) and Justin Ryan (b. 1967), longtime partners who entered into a civil partnership in 2008, are mainstays of design shows on the BBC and other British television channels. The couple, who impart sensible design advice in a humorous manner, are known for their banter and comic bickering. Although their main residence is in Glasgow, they also own homes in London and Toronto, where their series Colin and Justin's Home Heist is broadcast on HGTV.

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Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, who married in Canada in 2008 after being together for many years, also inject humor and bickering into their shows. The couple joined forces in 1992 to form the Sabados Group, a company that did public relations as well as interior decoration. In 2001, they launched their first television show, Designer Guys, on HGTV, which was followed by such other shows as Design Rivals (2003) and So Chic (2005). In 2008, their talk show Steven and Chris debuted on CBC. Featuring design advice, celebrity guests, and tips on health and beauty, entertaining and food preparation, all spiced by campy wit, the show ran for three seasons on CBC and is now syndicated in the U. S. and other countries.

Sabados and Hyndman have also published books on design and launched their own line of furniture, textiles, rugs, and other decorative accessories, and even a wine label. They also own a retail store in St. John's, Newfoundland. As Mark Pupo observed of the couple in a profile in Toronto Life, Sabados and Hyndman are as famous in Canada as movie stars, "But their fame is built on something quite different from acting—they're brands unto themselves, and they teach us the secrets to the good life."

Although they are not television stars, Mitchell Gold (b.1952) and Bill Williams (b. 1963) of the furniture and home accessories company Mitchell Gold + Bill Williams qualify as celebrity designers by virtue of their high profile in the glbtq community and their books on design, such as The Comfortable Home: How to Invest in Your Nest and Live Well for Less (2009) and Let's Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home (2007). The style they embrace they call "soft modern," an aesthetic that is strong on practicality and comfort.

Gold and Williams, who were a couple for 14 years, but amicably split up in 2002, began their company in 1989, with Gold as CE0 and Williams as Art Director. By 2011, their annual sales had come to exceed $100,000,000, with their furniture and accessories being sold in several national chains as well as more than 60 independent retailers and more than a dozen signature stores across the country. Their designs have won numerous awards.

Mitchell Gold + Bill Williams is well known for its progressive employment practices and benefits at its North Carolina factory and retail stores, as well as for its advocacy on behalf of gay rights. Gold has been especially prominent in the campaign to educate about the religious bigotry directed toward gay people. The partners established Faith in America in 2005 to counter the misinformation and hostility toward homosexuals spread by religious organizations. In 2008, Gold published Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America, a volume that includes his own account of growing up as a Reform Jew in Trenton, N. J.

Los Angeles-based designer Kenneth Brown (b. 1971) gained recognition via television shows, including multiple appearances on HGTV's Designer Challenge in the early years of the twenty-first century. In 2004, he was offered his own show, re-Design, which ran for several years on HGTV. In 2008, he debuted a show for TLC, Over Design. Laidback and charming, Brown specializes in designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

Actor Bryan Batt (b. 1963), best known for his roles in Broadway musicals and his stint in the television series Mad Men, is also a designer. In 2003, he and his partner Tom Cianfichi opened Hazelnut, a gift and accessories store featuring designs by Batt, on Magazine Street in the actor's native New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Batt utilized his decorating talents to promote the city's recovery, frequently appearing on television design shows and participating in a program called "Pimp My [FEMA] Trailer" in which he decorated the temporary home of a woman displaced by Katrina. He continues to appear on such shows as The Martha Stewart Show.

In 2006, an out gay and conspicuously hunky designer from Miami named David Bromstad (b. 1973) won the first season of the HGTV reality competition Design Star, earning his own program on the network. On Color Splash and Color Splash Miami, the energetic decorator employs his signature brash style to transform and brighten interior spaces.

A former Disney illustrator, Bromstad considers himself as primarily an artist; consequently, his interior designs frequently include his own art work. A recipient of the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award for being out and proud in the public eye, Bromstad has been active in the fight against AIDS, lending his talent to the 2011 "Know Yourself: Get HIV Tested" initiative by creating a mural to bring to life the importance of HIV testing.

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