Russell T Davies says parents found Queer as Folk ‘difficult’
Russell T Davies has recalled his parents’ reaction to his seminal LGBT+ series Queer as Folk on the eve of his latest drama Years and Years. When Queer as Folk debuted in 1999, it was instantly heralded as a milestone in LGBT+ representation. But two viewers who found the Channel 4 drama somewhat uncomfortable, Davies has revealed, were his own parents. “Queer as Folk was quite difficult for them in the sense that a lot of people, especially of their age, just saw it as porn,” he told The Big Issue. “Queer as Folk was quite difficult for them.” —Russell T Davies “The day it was transmitted was my mum’s 70th birthday and some people didn’t come to her party because I was going to be there. Not because they hated me, but they were embarrassed.” Davies said that despite the awkwardness, his parents remained supportive and loving. “Maybe they wished there wasn’t nakedness and gay sex on screen, but they never ever said that to me. They just said they loved me no matter what.” Queer as Folk broke barriers Queer as Folk starred Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam as three gay men living around Manchester’s Canal
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