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Walking the thin line

Documentary film highlights the struggles of 'L' couples in mainland China

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When discussing LGBT, the letter that sometimes gets the least airtime is L, which represents "lesbian". While coverage of gay and transgender people seems to have increased, lesbians remain a minority within the minority. As a reporter interested in the issue, I always want to write more about the lesbian community in Thailand and elsewhere. 

Last week I got that chance when Anjana Suvarnananda, the founder of Anjaree _ Thailand's leading lesbian advocacy group _ informed me of the world premiere of Our Marriages, a documentary about a group of Chinese lesbian women and their marriages with gay men in order to fulfill their parents' wishes.

The film was first screened at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, but I viewed its second showing at Film Archive Cinemateque at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, where He Xiaopei, the film's director, along with the four lesbian women who appear in the documentary, were present to answer questions from the audience.

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