The cast members of “Queer As Folk” are reuniting virtually, 20 years after the groundbreaking show first premiered. The series, which aired on Showtime from 2000 to 2005, was one of the first shows to focus exclusively on LGBTQ+ characters.
Actor Scott Lowell, who played Ted, will host the “May Day Home Stay Gay Play” event along with other cast members, including Michelle Clunie, Sharon Gless, Peter Paige, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, and Robert Gant. Other stars may also participate, like Thea Gill, and showrunners Ron Cowen and Dan Lipman will also be present (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The event will include interviews and chats with the cast about the series. Viewers will also be able to bid on memorabilia from the show.
The reunion will raise money for CenterLink, a coalition of over 250 LGBTQ+ centers across the United States. GLAAD’s “Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone” celebration on Sunday night raised funds for the same organization.
Many LGBTQ+ centers are struggling amid the COVID-19 crisis. Over 160 centers recently signed a letter to Congress, pleading for more financial support in future stimulus packages. The letter was released by CenterLink. LGBTQ+ communities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, thanks to high rates of underlying health conditions, homelessness, and other complicating factors. All of this makes the centers’ work especially important right now. They provide a wide range of services to LGBTQ+ people in need, including youth, HIV-positive, and elderly people.
The “Queer As Folk” cast has reunited before. In 2019, they came together for an event in West Hollywood, and in 2018 they reunited for a feature in Entertainment Weekly. The show was ahead of its time with its open depictions of gay life, homophobia, HIV, and more.
“May Day Home Stay Gay Play” is scheduled to take place on May 1 at 11 a.m. PST on YouTube.