Some people have asked why we haven’t been as visibly affectionate as other couples on the race. Of the 5 legs shown thus far, 4 have been in Muslim countries; and homosexuality is illegal in every country we’d visited or passed through. Since we are guests in these countries (and accidentally whacking folks with bamboo sticks to boot!) we chose to not embrace or kiss for practical and respectful reasons. We were literally relying on the kindness of strangers and cab drivers, and challenging their beliefs would not have been strategically smart nor neighborly.

To be completely fair, perhaps many of the great people we met along the way wouldn’t have had any issues with our relationship, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to get to know them better personally. We are grateful that the producers of the show made all of the racers aware of the cultural backgrounds and differences of the countries we were heading into. Not only did it help us keep safe, but it made all of us better representatives of the U.S.  In addition to all of their Emmys, The Amazing Race producers should receive a medal from the State Department for collectively being the best diplomats and ambassadors this country has.

In this behind-the-scenes video, Brent explains what happened at Bangladesh’s scale challenge, and at the end you can see how we shared our own secret “Muslim Country Kisses.”


by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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I would love to hear about your adventures during AR. Are you considering this or are you sworn to secrecy about the details?


Congratulation on your AR win. I was rooting for you starting from the first episode. Have been a fan from the FBB days on tlc. Love you guys & so happy for you.

Jim McCombe

Congrats on winning the amazing race. Was going for you guys the whole way.
Great going.


I was up late one night, bored out of my mind, and nothing else was on. I had been missing watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys once we switched to Dish (We don’t get the cooking channel but with Mediacom we got Planet Green). Anyway, Full House wasn’t on like it normally is, so I decided to put on The Amazing Race. I was stunned when the first face I saw was Brent’s. I’ve been a fan since I was 13 or so, and I was so glad to see you guys. Good luck, I hope you guys win tonight. ♥ You guys!

April Hanford

My whole family enjoys watching you guys on both your show and amazing race. We have attending the harvest festival for the past 2 years and will do so every year that we can. You guys are the winners of Amazing Race even if you don”t get the million. GO TEAM BEEKMAN :).

Jessica Lodge

I have never watched the Amazing Race before and only started watching this season because you two are on it. I have been such a fan of you guys since the first episode of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. My 10 year old son and I have been rooting for you each week, and today when you finished the tennis challenge we cheered so loud you would think you won the US Open. When Amazing Race started I said we are only watching this until the Beekman Boys aren’t on it anymore. I’m so happy that next week is the season finale and you are still there. You’re such a joy to watch, and we are so proud of you.


I stumbled the Beekman boys when updating our national GLBT resource database and fell in love with you guys, then loved the show. Then randomly stumbled onto this season’s Amazing Race and said,….hey wait a minute that’s the boys!

cheering you guys on!

Amy - Houston,TX

My kids and I loved your Beekman Boys show, but unfortunately, I have not been able to catch the Amazing Race. My coworker fills me in each week. I caught last night’s episode and HAVE to tune in next week. I am rooting for you guys and no matter what happens – you are winners to me!! Best of Luck!

Griff and Rebecca

My wife and I are huge fans of the Fabulous Beekman Boys and have been cheering every Sunday night for you two. We have our own farm in North Central Florida with goats, chickens, emus, horses, donkeys and 5 dauchshunds. In fact, we named our first two goats, Brent and Josh. Stay hydrated!!


Have been cheering you on on The Amazing Race mostly because I live not that far from Sharon Springs…..but along the way fell for you! You’re winners no matter what!

Linda Ogden

Josh and Brent,

I love you guys! I have been a fan since your show first started on the Planet Green channel! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your life on the farm… is so beautiful! And also enjoyed watching your activities in Sharon Springs. I am SO glad to hear that you are going to be on TV again……can’t wait! Best of luck on The Amazing Race…..I hope you two can make it to the end! The two of you make a great team!


You are amazing! We’re cheering for your team :* Hope you had a great time around the world 🙂 You are my role models. Thank you, Josh and Brent!

Julian Mossey

Josh & Brent are REAL hero’s of the United States, and for gay men & women everywhere. Thank you for being positive role model’s for the gay community, I hope more people will learn from you both.
Your add for the Trevor Project is an inspiration!

Linda Schnell- Leonardi

These two men are an inspiration to many. Their concern for each
other, and their friends and family is evident in all they do. They are the real deal.