As we know, the new reimagining of the iconic British series Queer as Folk will debut on Peacock Thursday, June 9th. This vibrant reimagining of Russel T Davies hit series explores a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed after a tragedy. 


So, what is this tragedy? In his first interview, creator Stephen Dunn talks about how the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida inspired the reboot. This angle was part of his pitch in order to get the reboot greenlit. Dunn says he met with a number of Pulse survivors and knew that this is what the series had to be about.

“I knew from the beginning there was only one way and one reason to reimagine the show. I didn’t want the title just for the sake of the title, I wanted to re-envision it through the lens of what happened post-Pulse. Pulse is a specific event that targeted the Latinx community in Orlando. Our show is completely fictional, but the trajectory of our story is inspired by the realities of what that was like — not just that night, but the aftermath and the way that the community of Orlando rebuilt in the wake of that tragedy.”

In the trailer for the new series, we get quickly introduced to the new characters paving the way. As well as, a look inside of the shooting at Babylon (the club from the original), and the characters’ response as survivors. As someone from Orlando who has gone to Pulse many times and knowns multiple people who lost someone that night, I am incredibly torn. The victims of Pulse should always be honored. However, I’m just not sure this is the way to do this. I know this reboot is going to be difficult for a lot of people to watch, but maybe, in a way, it will also be incredibly healing.


Peacock’s Queer as Folk stars Devin Way (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19), Fin Argus (Clouds, The Gifted), Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky), CG (Acts of Crime), Johnny Sibilly (Hacks, Pose), and Ryan O’Connell (Special, Will & Grace). As well as, Juliette Lewis (Yellowjackets) and Kim Cattrell (How I Met Your Father).

Check out these first-look images of the reimagining of Queer As Folk!

So, what do you think about the reboot’s focus being inspired by the Pulse Tragedy? Comment below and let me know!

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