Showtime's "Queer As Folk" was a very progressive show for its time, providing depictions of mainstream gay culture to the public in a way that had never been done before. When viewed through today's cultural lens, however, the series can seem a bit problematic and over the top -- and very white.
So what do today's queer men, who may not have seen the series during its five-season run, have to say when watching it for the first time? The results are a mixed bag.
The show definitely played into mainstream gay stereotypes, as the participants point out, but it also was revolutionary in many ways -- particularly in it's authentic portrayal of navigating the world as an HIV-positive man.
Check out the video above to see these guys reacting to watching "Queer As Folk" for the first time. What are your thoughts about this iconic gay television show? Let us know in the comments below.
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