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Gay themes win applause in Philippines

in PHILIPPINES, 06/08/2013

Years before Hollywood director Ang Lee’s gay cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” took Asia by storm, gay films have been considered a key part of the Philippines’ diverse culture.

A landmark was set in 2000, five years before “Brokeback Mountain”, by “Markova: Comfort Gay”, the uniquely Asian story narrated by director Gil Portes of a “comfort gay”, one of the many homosexuals raped by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Since then there has been a gamut of memorable, moving and daring gay films on themes as various as male sex workers, transgenders taking part in beauty contests, and the memorable “In My Life”, the 2009 story of a mother coming to New York to live with her gay son.

"In My Life" also saw the genre become mainstream with a cast that included two popular stars.

Now gay films are gaining greater ground, entering heterosexual lives and winning acceptance.

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