As PFLAG volunteers, we are sometimes asked to support families from cultures which differ greatly from our own. In Metro Vancouver, Asian cultures are very prevalent, and supporting LGBT members from those communities can present what sometimes seem like monumental challenges. How does one communicate something as complex as sexuality or gender when even basic communication is already difficult?
We recently asked a board member from Our City of Colours to translate the main story line for us. Here's a summary of that description:
“The video presents Ah Hin's gay life in a very sympathetic way; it focuses on his relationship, which is presented as sweet and healthy. The story also highlights his family's reactions. His mom and sister were not accepting: Ah Hin talks about his need for support. The documentary then features a celebrity who is out and proud, and has parents who are very accepting. Ah Hin's father is very old, and Ah Hin doesn't want to disappoint him. He considers marrying a gay woman in a ‘pretend marriage’.”
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