PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) China has launched a short film to promote tolerance and acceptance of gay children as families prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
In a country where homosexuality remains a big taboo, the short film has gone viral and has received more than 100 million online views.
Coming Home tells the compelling story of a young gay man who was shunned by his parents after coming out, before being accepted by them years later.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in China in 1997, and in the early 2000’s it was removed from the list of mental illnesses. But there is a deeply held Chinese belief that children are required to marry and bear offspring to continue the family line, which means homosexuality is still heavily stigmatized. Because of this, the Chinese New Year family gathering can be a harrowing experience for gays and lesbians.
The film features mothers of LGBT people urging kids to come out and communicate with their parents.
Watch the short film below: