20 Queer Eye Lessons We’re Thankful For

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“As people we want to put things in boxes, and we wanna like wrap it up and have it be in a nice bow, and unfortunately … there is no box and there is no bow.

Queer Eye, Season Three - Elrod


A lot of this show is rays of sunshine and daises and personal epiphanies and guacamole dishes, but a large part of the show revolves around resolution and reflection. Many of the heroes, like season three’s Elrod, are working through life’s many unpredictable and unfortunate twists and turns. Elrod’s wife passed away from cancer. Over a beard trim, JVN shares he went through something similar with his step-dad and the two discuss that life doesn’t stop to give you a grieving period and because of that we sometimes try to push it aside and pretend it doesn’t exist. Jonathan reminds us that we can’t glaze over our emotions or try to make them something they’re not. It’s okay to feel pain, to acknowledge it, and to share it, as long as we don’t get trapped by it permanently. It does us a favor to remember that pain is a shared experience that we’ve all had to come to terms with in some way, shape, or form. The Fab Five are wonderful at helping their heroes through processing pain, grief, and other transformative emotions while sharing their own relatable experiences. We couldn’t be more thankful for this Queer Eye lesson.

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