The cast of Queer as Folk will host a live-streamed reunion event on May 1 to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary and raise money for LGBTQ+ community centers across America.
The groundbreaking LGBTQ+ series Queer as Folk is having a 20th reunion special, thanks in large part to the original members of the cast. Scott Lowell, who played Ted Schmidt on the show, took to Twitter earlier this week to announce the event. The reunion will be live streamed on both the Facebook Live and YouTube Live platforms on May 1 starting at 2 p.m. ET. The cast will be raising money for CenterLink, a networking organization that develops and sustains LGBTQ+ community centers across the country.
Queer as Folk was a drama, with plenty of comedy sprinkled in, that premiered in December of 2000 on the premium cable channel Showtime. It followed the lives and loves of a group of gay men and women in Pittsburgh, Penn. (although it was filmed in Canada).
The show broke ground as being the first American-broadcasted television series that showcased the lives of gay people both inside and outside of the bedroom. The series is based on the UK television series of the same name, and was developed for television by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman. The show ran for five seasons, covering a variety of LGBTQ+ culture topics such as coming out, same-sex marriage, gay-bashing, workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, recreational drug use, gay adoption, and living with HIV/AIDS.
Cast members that are currently scheduled to be in attendance for the reunion include Lowell, Peter Paige (Emmett Honeycutt), Michelle Clunie (Melanie Marcus), Sharon Gless (Debbie Novotny), Robert Gant (Ben Bruckner), Randy Harrison (Justin Taylor), and Hal Sparks (Michael Novotny). Fans of the show can also expect to see additional appearances from guest stars of the show including Jack Wetherall (Uncle Vic) and Sherry Miller (Jennifer Taylor).
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