By Serapio Marquez
SAN ANTONIO—Self-acceptance is important. As college students we face all kinds of choices. There will be times when your morals or choice of life style may be questioned. For those who of are LGBTQ, the issue appears more often. Being able to see an individual’s representation on TV is important. The return of Will and Grace is a step in the right direction. While President Donald Trump and his vice President Mike Pence see the LGBTQ community different a 90’s sitcom has come back to help those in need of acceptance and humor.
Will and Grace ran from 1998 to 2005 long before the supreme court approved gay marriage. The premiere of the show came when the LGBTQ was facing a terrible tragedy. On October 06 ,1998 Matthew Shepard was attacked and left for died. Six days later he would die from his injuries. This hate crime would get congress to pass a Hate Crimes Act. Will and Grace would be the first show to broadcast two gay men kissing. That episode would not air until February 22, 2000. Freshman Steven Estrada says, “There is so much hate coming from the White House.” The LGBTQ community has many supporters. Many question why the community is still facing discrimination “…does it really matter who you love these days?” Estrada said. The importance of Will and Grace in this highly divided time is essential to the community for young men and woman who are struggling to deal with their sexuality.
Millennial’s are now seeing Will and Grace for the first time. Will and Grace is widely being broadcast in gay bars. This sitcom from the 90’s is being presented to many who never saw the original run. Freshman Adrian Diaz said, “Thursdays has become mine and my boyfriends must watch night.” Diaz explained how he never saw anyone who looked like him. He conveyed how he now feels better about his sexuality. “Gay people have rights.” Diaz said.
The community is known for coming together in times of need. On June 12, 2016 Pulse a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida faced an attack. This would be the deadliest mass shooting by a shooter in the U.S. On October 1, 2017 that would change to include the Las Vegas strip shooting. There have been many changes since Will and Grace went off air. Those changes have appeared in the last five years.
Those I spoke with feel President Donald Trump has forgotten about them. Estrada tells me, something needs to change. There needs to be an awakening in America. Will and Grace has opened the doors to a community that has felt forgotten within this current administration. If this show can help one single person then we are on the right direction.