The first time I saw the US version of Queer as Folk I was Justin’s age.
This time around I am Brian’s age.
This only just dawned on me while watching the season one finale, since it’s where Brian turns 30 and in just a couple months I, too, will hit that milestone. The shift in perspective has me watching the show with completely different eyes, but I’m still a tear-soaked mess over this episode…and will be at any age.
There has been, in some ways, a lot of progress in the United States in the 12 years since this show first aired. But people are still being attacked, viscously and violently, for being true to themselves. People are still—with regularity that should arrest any halfway conscionable person—the victims of hate.
On a not unrelated note, there have been at least 58 mass shootings in the United States since the year I was born.
If you see me get sad about turning 30, please know - I’m not sad for me.