May 18th, 2006

May 18th, 2006 was a sad day for the fans of Will & Grace.

It was the date of the series finale.

Premiering in 1998, Will & Grace told the story of two best friends, gay lawyer Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and straight fashion designer Grace Adler (Debra Messing) sharing an apartment in New York City.

Best friends since college, Will is the Felix Ungar to Grace’s Oscar Madison.   Upping the comedy ante (and makes fans belly laugh countless times of the 8 years that the series was on the air) was Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), Grace’s pill popping, boozed up socialite assistant and Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), a gay man who was out, proud and slightly outlandish.

For eight years, this foursome made audiences laugh, shed a tear every once in a while and think. Both Will and Jack represented the LGBTQ community on television in a way that had not been done before. Instead of relying on stereotypes, these men were fully fleshed out human beings who spoke loudly and proudly for a community that has been slowly over the years becoming accepted as part of the mainstream.

The influence of this show is priceless. In 2012, when Vice President Joe Biden stated that Will & Grace paved the way for the federal marriage equality act, that is a legacy to be proud of.

I am forever a fan and I am forever grateful that these characters are a part of my life.

Happy Thursday.

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