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QUEER AS FOLK CAST TO REUNITE FOR LGBTQ FUNDRAISER

The cast of the groundbreaking Showtime series Queer As Folk are set to reunite in order to raise money and auction off memorabilia for charity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a virtual reunion with the cast of the American iteration of the series, which aired on Showtime from 2000 to 2005, is set to take place live on YouTube May 1.

Hosted by Scott Lowell, the actor who played Ted Schmidt, the reunion is in support of CenterLink, a network of community centers for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s also the same organization GLAAD helped raise money for during their “Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone” celebration.

Lowell will be joined by Sharon Gless (Deb), Michelle Clunie (Melanie), Robert Gant Ben), Peter Paige (Emmett), Hal Sparks (Michael), and Randy Harrison (Justin). The show creators, Ron Cowen and Dan Lipman, are also expected to attend, but unfortunately, no Gale Harold (Brian) or Thea Gill (Lindsay).

I should also point out that back in 2018, there were reports that there is a reboot of QAF in the works over at Bravo, which I thought is a bad network to put a series known for it’s controversial content on. Why would you attempt to put a show like QAF on a network associated with a bunch of drunk, surgically-enhanced Housewives?

Now comes word that the reboot will instead be going over to the new NBC/Universal streaming service Peacock (worst name for a streaming service, BTW), which will be available to the general public on July 15.

Currently, the service is available to Comcast customers only, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to see it since I’m not a Comcast subscriber. I just hope when the show does launch, which I will say the Showtime series was the first time I saw gay men unapologetically having sex on television will be far more diverse than the series was over two decades ago.

I actually started re-watching QAF again, and while I am disappointed that most of the music throughout the show has been changed (the music aka the thumpa thumpa of the songs played at Babylon), it’s still a great show to revisit, since there isn’t much queer-centered content on TV these days. I just wish all the great music was left in the show. At least I still have the CD’s if I wanna listen to any of the music.

The event will kick off on Friday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET on YouTube.

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