The ‘Queer Eye’ Cast Shares Their Coming Out Stories

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In honor of pride month, the Queer Eye fab five bravely tell their personal coming out stories.

June has been a time for celebration in the LGBTQ+ community since the first gay pride parades in 1970 following the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

While acceptance of the gay community has grown, coming out can be a scary process. It can happen all in one moment, over time, or has yet to come.

In a recent interview with Bustle, Queer Eye‘s Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness share their very different coming out stories.

Porowski, who used to struggle with the word “queer,” starts the video by saying,”I don’t think that anybody should judge anybody’s coming out story.”

For culture expert, Karamo Brown, his “coming out story is still happening today.”

RuPaul’s almost 40-year career has been a tremendous influence on the gay community and even helped Brown start his coming out process.

“I remember seeing RuPaul. It was something about seeing an African-American man be confident and talk openly about being part of the LGBTQI community. So I started to test the water with my friends,” said Brown.

The Queer Eye cast may all be out and proud, but they recognize that not everyone is ready to come out, and that’s okay.

“Don’t ever let somebody make you feel like you’re not strong and you’re not powerful just because you haven’t come out. Take your time,” remarked France, who came out via text.

“Just continue on that journey,” added Brown.

Season two of Queer Eye premieres June 15 on Netflix.