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A television and web show offers a new perspective on contemporary gay culture. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

What makes "In Between Men" so daring is that when it comes to depicting gay life in New York City, it pretty much plays it straight—so to speak.

"It’s a series about all-American, masculine guys who just happen to be gay, who don’t really fit in with the mainstream gay culture and they’re not straight either so they just live in a world that’s kind of in-between," says creator and executive producer Quincy Morris.

"We are just a show about people, who happen to be gay, living their lives amongst the rest of the world," says co-executive producer Jennifer Gelfer.

"In Between Men," about four gay men in New York City, is about to start it's third season.

The first two years, it was just on its own website and now with its success, it's expanding to several online platforms.

Its creators think it's already had an impact on mainstream television.

"You start to see a lot more characters now in TV shows where the masculine guy or the regular, average guy in the show happens to be gay as well, and not necessarily sticking with the, like they did prior to about three or four years ago, just everything being kind of stereotypical and cliché—the gay guy was campy, he was one-dimensional and was a comic relief," Morris says.

The stars say the show is fresh and real.

"My character is a love interest of one of the straight characters so you get to see the world in a bigger way," says actor Sharina Martin.

“I think that the fact that the majority of them are gay relationships is almost incidental," says actor Michael Sharon.

"I am just a regular guy who meets Dalton. He comes into the bar and we hit it off right away and he brings in his friends and we all start to hang out," says actor Drew Moerlein.

The fifth main character in the show is, of course, New York City.

Expect comparisons to "Sex and the City."

Perhaps the best compliment: that it's "Sex and the City" from the guy's perspective, not the gay perspective.

The new season debuts in July.

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