When openly out actress Clementine Ford of the L Word fame joined the Young and the Restless last month to take over the role of Mackenzie Browning, the show also announced that one of their characters was coming out. Would it be the recently returning character of Mackenzie? Apparently not. Bravo for Y&R for not typecasting Ms. Ford, and choosing resident legal eagle hottie Rafael “Rafe” Torres to be the character to non-chalantly come out during a random lunch scene. Now with Rafe joining the small daytime ranks of queerness, Y&R has the chance to write a compelling story about a character who just happens to be gay. The queer presence continues to grow on Y&R with the surprise return of presumed-dead Phillip Chancellor III, played by openly out actor Thom Bierdz! Fan favorite Bierdz rejoins the soap after a twenty year absence still looking as sexy as ever! Looks like the Young and the Restless is becoming the queer soap to beat, both in front and behind the cameras!