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The First Gay Filipino Web Series Makes History, Demands Visibility

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LGBT issues are still a hot-button subject in many Asian countries. 

In the Philippines, a country whose LGBT community is still fighting for equality and civil rights, a new web series is breaking ground for being the first with gay characters and storylines as the main focus.

Hanging Out follows young, introverted David over six episodes as a botched one-night stand introduces him to a diverse group of new friends.

The series is produced by TEAM, a magazine for gay Filipino men, and co-presented by gay social app Blued. “Through these developments, TEAM seeks to become a multimedia company producing insightful, relevant, and visionary content for gay men across cultures,” said TEAM Editor in Chief and Hanging Out producer Paolo Lorenzana.

“There is a real need for Filipino queer stories to be told now,” said Hanging Out’s’ writer Wanggo Gallaga. “You can see it in social media: a new generation of young gay and trans men and women who want to hear their stories being told. That’s what we aimed to do with this web series. We wanted the series to be as true and as honest as it can be.” 

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