One of the best parts about Queer Eye is seeing the stars, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, and Bobby Berk, be so vulnerable and honest about their experiences and hardships.
In a new video for Bustle to celebrate Pride Month, the Netflix newcomers share their coming out experiences. France talks about how it was hard to come out being from a Middle Eastern religious background, Van Ness opens up about how his childhood peers assumed his sexuality, Porowski discusses his initial discomfort sharing being on the show "Queer" Eye, Berk ran away at 15 to avoid coming out, and Brown shares how his father was homophobic.
"I remember seeing RuPaul," Brown said, describing how he felt not out. "It was something about seeing this African American man be confident, and talk openly about being part of the LGBTQI+ community. So I started to test the waters with friends. Slowly but surely, they would say, 'Oh, yeah, sure we're cool with that.'"
Porowski approaches his sexuality in a more fluid way. "I always like to focus on the person I'm with, and not necessarily their gender," Porowski said, who has been dating Joey Krietemeyer for seven years.
The Queer Eye men remind viewers that coming out is your decision, and there's no timeline to do it "correctly." Berk said, "Hang in there."
"The word 'queer,' I used to say it with such shame," Porowski said. "And now I say it with more pride.'"