The reasons we love Queer Eye’s Fab Five are too numerous to count. They’ve taught us to embrace the idea of self-care, to be willing to put ourselves out there, and, perhaps most importantly, to never leave the house without a French tuck. The series also makes us cry without fail. How could you not get a little misty-eyed when an episode’s hero feels comfortable in their skin for the first time in years? Queer Eye Season 4, which Netflix released today, July 19th, is full of touching moments that left us feeling choked up. Here are some of the best:
1 When Jonathan reunites with his high school orchestra teacher.
In Episode 1, “Without Further Ado,” the Fab Five take a little detour to JVN’s hometown of Quincy, Illinois. The “hero” of this episode is none other than Kathi Dooley, who runs the music department at the high school. Van Ness recalls Dooley’s support for him during his teenage years, telling her, “You always treated me as if I was like everyone else.”
Try not to cry. Try not to lose it.🤧 Season 4 arrives July 19!🌈 pic.twitter.com/TVcpepmJRw— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) July 8, 2019
2 When a paralyzed nonprofit founder forgives the man who shot him.
One of the most memorable moments of Season 4 comes in Episode 2, “Disabled But Not Really.” The episode centers on Wesley Hamilton, an activist and the founder of a nonprofit called Disabled But Not Really, which focuses on providing fitness programs for disabled people. Hamilton was shot at the age of 24, which left him paralyzed. In Queer Eye, Hamilton meets with the man who shot him, ultimately forgiving him.
Man kept it 100% authentic s/o to @netflix ‼️ You guys have to watch @QueerEye season 4 episode 2...— Wesley Hamilton 🏁 (@iamweshamilton) July 19, 2019
I love this show so much. Told my truth and they kept the right things in. I 💙 everything about it and hope it inspires the world. 🏁
Much ❤️ to the other hero’s#inthefamily
3 When a bachelor in his 60s opens up about his fear of failure.
Kenny Yarnevich, the hero of Episode 5, “On Golden Kenny,” is a 64-year-old man and has never been in love. During the episode, he reveals that he has spent a lot of his life feeling like a failure, but he’s able to take pride in who he is when he hosts the first-ever party at his house.
4 When the founder of a Latino arts nonprofit gets the space she deserves.
Deanna Muñoz, the hero of Episode 6, “A Tale of Two Cultures,” is the founder of Kansas City’s Latino Arts Foundation. A second-generation Mexican-American, Muñoz recounts several instances of racism that she has faced for being Latina. At the same time, though, she says that she feels a disconnect from her Mexican heritage because she can’t speak Spanish. At the end of the episode, Bobby Berk unveils a new space for her foundation, and her reaction will make you cry.
If you need us, we’ll be quietly sobbing over Queer Eye Season 4.