Huynh Nguyen Dang Khoa posted the first episode of “My Best Gay Friends” in early April. Since then, the series featuring mostly gay, lesbian, and transgender characters has gone viral in Vietnam, and is being heralded as a sign of how fast attitudes towards homosexuality have changed in a country that is still governed by an authoritarian regime.
“I thought it would only interest Vietnam’s gay community — but we’re hearing that parents, grandparents, whole families watch and love the shows and long for new episodes,” Khoa told AFP.
The show has a homespun feeling, which Khoa shoots with his digital SLR. His cast is made up mostly of his friends.
Vietnam’s government has gotten attention recently for taking steps towards legalizing same-sex marriage. Last month, deputy health minister Nguyen Viet Tien made headlines for endorsing the idea.
“As human beings, homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else to live, eat, love, and be loved,” he said.
“My Best Gay Friends” is filmed in Vietnamese, but it is helpfully subtitled in English.
“My Best Gay Friends” Episode 1
“My Best Gay Friends” Episode 2