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'Queer Eye' season two will feature first female and trans subjects

Season two of the hit show will premiere next month on Netflix.

2018-05-28

The second season of hit Netflix show Queer Eye will feature its first female and trans subjects. 

The show, a reboot of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, sees Fab Five members Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness give makeovers.

It was announced last week that the show's second season will premiere on June 15, and in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Fab Five open up on their experience with the show's first trans and female subjects. 

Discussing episode five of the upcoming season, where the Fab Five meet Skyler, a trans man, Van Ness said: "One of my closest friends is a trans man who is incredible. 

"And a lot of my clients are trans women. So I am really hoping that we can do right by our trans brothers and sisters. [Skyler] is going through so much, so [it was important to be] gentle and respectful and not to be a queenie know-it-all dum-dum when you're trying to be a loving person." 

Fashion expert Tan France said: "I wasn't as informed for Skyler... I think that LGBTQ people are lumped into a group, but I really don't. I lived a very, very Middle-Eastern life until I was in my early 20s. We were very sheltered..."

He continued: "Watching that episode, I felt like we did it respectfully and appropriately where we could ask the questions that probably so many people have wanted to, or those questions that have gone unanswered."

Karamo Brown, an advocate for LGBTQ education and rights, said he hopes people will learn from the episode, saying: "I think as a culture, people need to get away from the bathroom stuff and realise that these are just human beings trying to live their lives, and it's something that we all take for granted.

"Hearing Skyler, the first time I got to talk to him, say, 'I tried to get my license several times.' Think about if you were just trying to go to the airport, and you could not get on [the plane] because your license said something different. It's just about people living a comfortable, protected, respected life." 

The show's premiere will also feature the reboot's first female subject, a school teacher and cancer survivor called Tammye who, at the time of filming the episode, was planning her church's homecoming. 

Queer Eye season two will premiere on Netflix June 15.