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The night I thought ex-NBC exec Ben Silverman was getting ready to come out was announced on Monday that NBC Entertainment Co-Chairman Ben Silverman is leaving his job after two years. Not exactly a surprise since he was unable to resurrect the ratings-challenged network’s prime-time television schedule during his tenure.

This reminded me of the time I met Silverman – last year – at the Outfest Legacy Awards at the DGA Theatre. He was there to represent honoree NBC-Universal for its distinctive history on innovative LGBT programming including Will & Grace, just about everything on the Bravo network, the feature films Brokeback Mountain, Far from Heaven and Milk. NBC also aired such breakthrough TV movies as That Certain Summer and An Early Frost.

So Silverman takes the stage and begins to talk about the importance of these LGBT movies and shows then said he wanted to share something from his personal life. I’m just sure he was going to come out and so excited to have a big story for the paper the next day (I was a columnist for the LA Daily News at the time).

Then he said this to an audience so still you could hear a toothpick drop: “My mom is gay and I wish she could be here today. I know we all have personal stories here…this is sharing and being human.”

The room then seemed to collectively exhale.

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