Is there the same love in a family with two fathers or two mothers? This has started a heated discussion in several countries in Asia where same-sex marriage laws are in the making, such as Thailand or Taiwan. GagaOOLala is releasing the third episode of Queer Hong Kong on November 9th with two inspirational stories about two kids with queer parents: 7-year-old Grayson and 14-year-old Kelsey. The message is clear, queer families are as loving as any other families.
"Hello, my name is Grayson. I am seven years old. There are three people in my family, my dad, another dad, and me. I love my family." Grayson was speaking in fluent Mandarin sitting with his American and Canadian dads in Hong Kong. Annie could not take care of her baby, so she looked into giving him for adoption and picked Patrick and Marty out of many applications. The family moved to Hong Kong in 2015 but remains in touch with Annie.
Grayson talked about his family like a mature grown-up /Source: GagaOOLala
"I was bullied by my classmate in grade 2. He told me I would be like my mom when I get old, without a partner. I replied to him, 'it’s okay, I have two moms anyway.' I was in grade 6 when I was bullied again by my classmates. They were laughing at me, shaming me because of my family. My teacher did not stop them, instead, she told me to think before you post, think before you click," said Kelsey. Kelsey's parents splited up when she was two. Now, she is living with her birth mother and her mother's same-sex partner, Ymi. Because of her mother's sexual orientation, Kelsey was discriminated and bullied by her teachers and classmates at school.
Kelsey does not mind that her mother is a lesbian. / Source: GagaOOLala
"Maybe one day I will be able to tell my dad that it's okay, I grew up fine without you. I have two moms who take care of me. I think it is good," said Kelsey when she was asked how about it felt growing up with two moms.
Kelsey and her mother are just like sisters. / Source: GagaOOLala
If same-sex marriage is protected by law, is the father's name going to disappear? Is this going to confuse society and children? Is the content of gender equality education suitable for elementary and secondary school kids? The debate regarding same-sex marriage and gender equality education has already started in Asia, with Taiwan as the first upcoming battle, with the upcoming referendum this month, in this war for equal rights.
"To be honest and caring to everyone," was what Grayson answered when asked about the most important thing his fathers have taught him.
Maybe, society should learn something from this 7-year-old.