In China, it’s not all that uncommon for a lesbian woman to marry a gay man, with both hoping this will lift the pressure on them from society to hook up with someone of the opposite gender. Now Hong-Kong-Canadian filmmaker Quentin Lee has made a short about this, hoping that it will go viral in China.
Lee says, “One of my Beijing lesbian friends told me that she was about to get married with a gay man because she wanted to get her parents off her back, and I was immediately inspired to do something about how young Chinese people, LGBT and beyond, are pressured to get married which is a really hot issue right now.
“I chose the short fictional PSA [public service announcement] format because it’s the best way to get the message out to Chinese audience on the web. The Chinese government is still relaxed on short film production. As all LGBT content is potentially subject to being banned in China, it’s a challenge to do something that talks about LGBT issues while being acceptable.”
The short, which stars actress Meng Tingyi and Chinese gay rights activist Xiaogang Wei, was released on the QueerComrades website, but you can watch it above.