December 31, 2016
We were moved to share this incredible short film with all of you today...a film that in the last two weeks has gone viral.
Despite the decriminalization of homosexuality in the 90s--and it being removed from the list of mental illnesses in the 2000s--Chinese culture still strongly favors that children marry opposite-sex partners and have children to continue the family line. This means that for gays and lesbians in China, the Chinese New Year--a time for family celebration and closeness--becomes even more difficult and painful.
To counteract this stigma, PFLAG China (which was established in 2008 in Guangzhou) created this short film. It's a beautiful fiction story, made that much more powerful by the "epilogue": real moms encouraging parents to support their LGBTQ children.
PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby had an opportunity to visit with PFLAG China last year, during their annual conference. It was a powerful and emotional experience, with a large group of attendees, packed into small rooms, sharing their stories.
We're honored to share this film with you all today, in honor of the incredible work being done by PFLAG China.