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Animation that gets real about the queer Filipino family

Convincing the general Philippine public of the reality of LGBT families comes with its own growing pains. Perhaps a less “real” approach might be more effective: animation. Expanding our definition of family in a most colorful manner is Ang Aming Pamilya, an animated web series launched by Youth LEAD, an organization whose focus is HIV and reproductive health awareness across the Asia Pacific region.

Accessible through streaming on YouTube, Ang Aming Pamilya depicts the process of familial acceptance for an LGBT person, as well as the possibilities and triumphs in building their own queer families. Through a diverse set of digitally rendered characters, real conversations arise based on the stories of actual Filipinos. There is Tina, a lesbian who tiptoes into coming out to her son, while Shane and Allan are a gay couple navigating the process of IVF (in vitro fertilization). Their surrogate is Ramona, a woman whose reservations about such non-traditional parenting practices are put to rest when her brother Wilbur and his trans-female partner Sabrina decide to adopt a child.

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