Absolutely Fabulous may be the gayest show of all time. At least top five. As fans of the iconic show wait with bated breath and powdered nose for the movie to premiere this summer, stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reminisced on Ab Fab's gayssez-faire attitude towards the LGBT community.
"You go back and pick through it, the amount of gay references and ease with which it's been put into the story, without it being dragged along like a great log of plot," Lumley told V Magazine. "It's really normal that one of [Edina's] ex-husbands now lives with his young boyfriend. It's completely normal that [Edina] wants Saffy [Edina's long-suffering daughter] to be a lesbian or that Serge [Edina's long lost son] is gay and living in New York. It's completely normal that Patsy is transgender."
While this has been a revelation to some, Patsy's often been depicted outside the gender binary from the show's earliest days. In season two's "Morocco," we're taken back to the '60s (via flashback) when Patsy had a little work done and was serving Sgt. Pepper and the Lonely Hearts Club Band realness:
But as Edina explains:
"We tried very hard but [gay people] refused to be offended--and I admire them for that," Saunders added. "Thank God you're hanging on in there."
Or at the very least, hanging over. Meanwhile, the Ab Fab movie hits theaters July 22.