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Watch: 'Queer as Folk' Cast Reunite for the 1st Time in Over a Decade

Tuesday Jun 12, 2018
From left to right: Hal Sparks, Peter Paige, Gale Harold and Scott Lowell.
From left to right: Hal Sparks, Peter Paige, Gale Harold and Scott Lowell.  (Source:YouTube Still)

It's been over a decade since "Queer as Folk" aired its series finale but the cast from the iconic ground-breaking show reunited this week for Entertainment Weekly's LGBTQ Pride issue.

After 13 years, the cast and crew of "Queer as Folk" (Hal Sparks, Gale Harold, Peter Paige, Scott Lowell, Randy Harrison, Robert Gant, Sharon Gless, Thea Gill, and Michelle Clunie) met up to reflect on the Showtime drama and looked back at their experiences filming the show, which debuted in 2000 and ran for five seasons. They also discussed how LGBTQ life has changed and evolved over the years since "QaF" has been off the air, mentioning the Pulse nightclub shooting.

"Two of the survivors of the Pulse attack came up to me and said, 'We just wanna thank you all for having done that storyline about Babylon [nightclub getting bombed.]'" Gant, who played Ben, said. "They were just very teary, and I feel that there are so many aspects that have stayed current."

Lowell, who played Ted, also talked about what it is like for people to discover the show through streaming services like Netflix.

"We stopped making this like 90 years ago and people are still discovering it for the first time and thinking it's real," he told EW.

Ron Cowen, who served as the show's executive producer, added:

"I think it's actually so thrilling to know that young gay people are watching this show because they didn't grow up with all the stuff that we were dealing with at the turn of the 21st century. We all went through a lot of stuff," he said. "So they come to the show with a very different point of view, but the one similarity I find with the young people now and the people back then that they've all said is that 'you showed me, I saw myself' and that meant so much to people. And the other thing they all say is 'in watching your show, I knew I wasn't alone' and that's a blessing."

"People came for the queer, but they stayed for the folk," Paige, who played Emmett, said.

Watch the video with the "QaF" cast below and click here to read the EW piece.

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