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Boys' Love

Asia’s nod to gay relationships?

by Gwyneth Cheng

Back at the start of 2020, a Boys' Love drama became a cult hit in Southeast Asia.

Poster for 2gether: The Series. Source: MoviePosterDB

Boys’ Love: 2gether’s main genre
How popular is BL, exactly?
But does this popularity mean progress?
The main places where BL is produced aren’t necessarily more accepting of gay people
BL itself was created by women, for women
But hold on—don’t write BL off just yet!

BL dramas naturally have a wider reach than their written counterparts and, with a bigger audience and more sensitive portrayals of same-sex relationships, people will talk about and come to accept this more.

Speak up; it’s a whole new world
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Gwyneth Cheng / Writer

Gwyneth is immensely curious about the way the Earth works. An Environmental Biology graduate, she is particularly interested in environmental issues and the many ways in which human beings are intertwined with the natural world.

This story is written in collaboration with
Harim Jung

Harim is an energy data scientist. She learned data visualization on her own and is an avid Tableau user. She’s most passionate about low-carbon energy and solving climate change, the most important topic today. She also works with international NGOs to develop data visualizations on a range of topics concerning humanity’s progress.

Sunju Yeo

Sunju is a Product Designer who provides better experience for users through observation and research. She loves to discover the needs and pain points that users are facing with, and solve them with clear and engaging direction. Also, communication and sharing ideas with others regardless of profession inspires her a lot in many aspects. Sunju is based in Seoul and has been working with colleagues and clients from various countries including US, Singapore and Korea.

Credits
Illustrations / Griselda Gabriele
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