It’s about time
Following the acclaim of Thai Boys Love (BL) series ‘2Gether: The Series‘ starring BrightWin, it’s PH’s (long-awaited) turn to show proper queer representation in media.
Acclaimed writer and poet Juan Miguel Severo is set to collab with ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You‘ director JP Habac to drop ‘Gaya sa Pelikula‘, a Filipino BL series set to star LGBT+ characters.
WE HAVE A DIRECTOR!#GayaSaPelikula welcomes I’m Drunk I Love You director, @jphabac
.@gayasapelikula is a rom-com series written and created by @TheRainBro and from the producers of LSS and the first Filipino Netflix Original, DEAD KIDS — @globestudiosph.
COMING OUT SOON! pic.twitter.com/BnVkjhj5AE
— #GayaSaPelikula (@gayasapelikula) June 27, 2020
The idea was first introduced by Severo after he called out the lack of actual queer actors portraying queer characters on television, as ‘systemic homophobia’ still exists within the industry.
‘Since we started casting for ‘Gaya,’ I gained better understanding of why, despite good intentions, some productions resort to casting straight actors for gay parts,’ the writer had tweeted out.
‘Grabe, the paltry amount of experienced queer actors that went to audition was disappointing.’
2.) They're worried they won't get cast for other parts anymore and end up portraying the token gay best friend for all eternity because the industry hardly provides a platform for our stories.
These are messages I sent to a member of Metro Manila Pride. pic.twitter.com/yIhvrEi2R2
— Juan Miguel Severo 🏳️🌈 (@TheRainBro) June 15, 2020
He then listed down some reasons why LGBT+ actors aren’t pursuing LGBT+ roles, such as the fear of coming out and being typecast as the typical role of ‘gay best friend‘.
There’s no word yet on who’ll portray ‘Gaya sa Pelikula’s Karl and Vlad, but with Habac and Severo at the helm, we’ve got high hopes for the series.
Read the first few chapters of ‘Gaya sa Pelikula‘ here