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A Lesbian Couple Traveled To Developing Countries And Found These Significant Differences Within The LGBTQ Communities

Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols produced a documentary called "Out and Around" in which they travel the world and capture changes occurring in the status of queer people.

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"There was so many similarities you know when we just walked into other countries and met other queer people it almost felt like we were meeting long lost cousins."

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How did you find the differences to be between all these different countries, I mean ya you went to these that had these similarities and being developing countries and growing LGBT awareness but there must have been really significant countries between them I mean you were in three different continents.   - There were that was part of the reason why we choose those countries we wanted to show kinda of a variety of acceptance and you know there are different reasons, different regions as to why homophobia and trans-phobia exists. For example, in East Africa its really based on religious based homophobia whereas in China its really based on family structure and on not  disappointing parents  bringing about shame to the family, at the same time there was so many similarities you know when we just walked into other countries and met other queer people it almost felt like we were meeting long lost cousins,  - wow, you know you have this shared experience of being the other and when you come out you know its a unique culture because you come out and you are not, you know you are not born into a family that everybody is gay obviously, you kinda have to find your people.  -So how did you find them? Cause I am kinda of wondering did some people did not want to talk on camera? Or was everyone kinda of eager to get their story out? - Sure so we, we were actually seeking what we call super gays, so people who were doing something extraordinary in their community so we were seeking people for the most were out and were outspoken and you know what we actually found it really easy I think we probably had a 95 percent acceptance rate of like you know that we sent and people responding to us so I think people in the Developing World I think are very eager to connect to network to share their story you know just it was testament of how open the LGBT community really is.