Queer Eye believes the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the gay.
If you’ve binged the new season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning reboot, you know the gang returned to Jonathan Van Ness’ high school in Quincy, Illinois, to make-better his most beloved teacher. But what you didn’t see is that they also met with the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
In a new behind-the-scenes clip, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski join Van Ness to sit down with Quincy High School’s GSA students, who, like the Queer Eye guys, are inspiring others with their bravery and visibility.
“I got called the f-word every 10 steps I took,” Van Ness recalls of walking the Quincy High halls. “As someone who got so bullied and so tormented, you guys are light years ahead of where I thought movement would be.”
So how did these kids find the courage to come out while still in school? “You,” one teen tells the Fab Five. “I was having a lot of anxiety and doubt, but then I discovered you guys, but you don’t seem to have much stress at all.”
Van Ness reveals that his own coming out actually followed a lyrical interpretive dance he performed for his junior high talent show. “I got so many questions about my sexuality,” he tells the GSA. “I was just like, ‘Yeah, you know what, I am. Super gay.’”
Queer Eye returned July 19 for its fourth season and has already been renewed for a fifth.
Check out the GSA clip below.