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    John



    Age: 40

    Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides there

    Profession: Owner Gray Consulting, Inc.

    Education: Self-Taught

    Design style: Casual elegance

    Completely self-taught with 16 years of design experience, John has proven his design talents in his hometown of Chicago, but now he feels it's his time to show the world.

    John started in retail and merchandising and with just $25,000 he opened up his own furniture store. Seven years after opening the store, he sold it to the one man who told him he couldn't start a furniture store with $25,000 in the first place.

    Without even a high school diploma, John has parlayed his dream of being a designer into a reality. Now the owner of his own firm, Gray Consulting, Inc. in Chicago, John and his designs have been featured in numerous Chicago publications. He is particularly strong in paint and construction, and focuses his talents on designing homes even though he says he's allergic to the suburbs.

    A big personality with the drive to do it all, John has a range of styles and there's never a dull moment when he's around. He compares his life to George Michael (the singer): “I think our lives have both had some serious ups and downs. I can relate to the roller coaster ride.”
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    Ok..I watched the first episode, but missed the beginning "intro of each player" parts. Did this guy say he was married?
    Or did he not say?

    My opinion about the whole designing debacle between him and lil Mr I don't paint.. I was on John's side. Can't remember that other kid's name, but he just seemed to needle as much as he could. At every turn too. It's almost as if he knew John didn't like his "gayness", or was uncomfortable with it somehow..and the kid just kept bugging on purpose.
    I dunno..maybe I'm wrong. But I was on John's side for this one.
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    My take on John wasn't so much that he was uncomfortable with the gayness of Michael, but rather he felt his own gayness is superior to Michael's. I.e. John's the oh-so-butch bear type who thinks he's the manlier man than all of the femmy queens who populate gaydom, and every step along the way will try to prove he's not that gay. Even though he completely queened out when he found out Todd Oldham was going to be the mentor.
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    You hit it right on the nail corprip!! Yup, I totally agree with your analogy.

    Yeeeeeeeesss!! His Todd fantasy came out in full petunia bloom!!! Forgot about that. Too funny.
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    yeah, I didn't really understand why he seemed to be annoyed by the overt gayness of the other men (living with a bunch of girls???) when he seemed rather gay himself (comparing himself to GEORGE MICHAEL - no straight man would really do that, would they), so I was thinking "Huh???" Self-loath much?
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    Ok, so this is interesting... it adds a new dimension to the person.

    'Top' designer tells housemates he has HIV
    By Gary Strauss, USA TODAY
    Tonight's episode of Bravo's new Top Design competition (10 ET/PT) offers a rare moment for reality TV: A cast member discloses that he is HIV-positive.
    John Gray, whose temper-filled outbursts caused friction among the competing interior designers on Top Design's debut last week, reveals his anger was fueled by medication used in his treatment.

    "I just want everyone to know I'm HIV-positive," Gray tells his fellow contestants. "I'm not making excuses or apologies."

    The burly Gray's macho posturing and outbursts may have sparked tension last week on the show, which was Bravo's highest-rated series premiere ever at 1.8 million viewers. But his comments tonight barely cause a reality-show ripple among the group, who share a dorm-style hotel for 10 weeks.

    "Everyone was shocked by John's behavior the first few days," says rival Carisa-Perez Fuentes, 26.

    After his disclosure, "there was some heightened understanding of his behavior. Relationships changed for the better. And he mellowed out."

    Gray, 40, is a homosexual who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1993. (Those who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS, don't necessarily have the disease.)

    The late Pedro Zamora, an AIDS educator, was the only other reality-show contestant to reveal he was HIV-positive. That was on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco in 1994, a time when misconceptions were pervasive. His status caused upheaval and angst among his housemates.

    "Times have changed," says Top Design executive producer Clay Newbill, who coincidentally was a Real World producer during Zamora's season.

    "Back then, society's understanding was different. We saw it as an opportunity to educate people."

    Gray says he's not on a similar mission: "I don't want to be the new face for HIV or be on the cover of Out. I felt the cast was entitled to an explanation for my behavior."

    Still, advocacy groups applaud his move. Damon Romine of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says, "This visibility is important in raising awareness that HIV is a major health issue."

    Gray told producers of his condition during casting; producers say there were no plans to disclose it.

    "This isn't a relationship show, so it wasn't an issue," Newbill says.

    Gray says his anger was fueled by testosterone taken to counteract lower levels induced by HIV. His dosage was boosted 400% just before the show started because he wasn't sure how long he'd be away from home. "After the first episode, I asked myself why I was so angry, and it was a light-bulb moment," says Gray, a self-taught designer who operates Chicago-based Gray Consulting.

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    OutZone has an interview with John:

    http://blogs.outzonetv.com/chat/2007...top_design.php
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