So, you’ve found yourself caught up in the Thai boy love (BL) series “2gether’s” #SarawaTine whirlwind. Don’t worry—it looks like half of the Twitter community is, too.
The problem is it’s still an ongoing show, and your heart is pining for a fictional queer couple to cheer for in between weekly episodes. Well, you don’t have to look any further than our creators’ local offerings to satisfy your needs.
Order up, folks: Here’s the quality Filipino queer content you deserve.
This 2016 web series from Team Magazine explores the millennial queer experience in a Filipino context. Created by filmmaker and Scout Creative Talks alum Petersen Vargas, “Hanging Out” follows the story of a Grindr date gone wrong, leading to unlikely friendships. The series doesn’t forget to portray the subtle nuances of our culture that will leave you feeling understood.
Read more: You can now stream Petersen Vargas’ Cinemalaya short film
“Mga Batang Poz”
“Mga Batang Poz” is a six-part iWant series adapted from a novel of the same name. The series is framed with a road trip as a group of four males meet through a group chat for “poz” (slang for HIV positive) individuals. The show isn’t afraid to talk about taboo storylines, and above all, it serves as a message of hope. Remember: An HIV diagnosis doesn’t have to be a terminal sentence.
Read more: “Homebound” is a queer coming-of-age short on friendship and homesickness
OrG!: Come and Play
As you’d expect from the title, “OrG!: Come and Play” comes with a lot of explicit scenes. The story revolves around Ram, who is a member of a selective gay orgy group. He’s also pursuing a secret relationship with a man named Niko. Ram’s orgy group chances upon Niko and deems him worthy of an invite to the group, but upon joining, Niko and Ram’s relationship go downhill. It’s a unique perspective on the dynamics of sexual versus romantic relationships. It also has much more sexually mature content, if that’s an element you’re looking for.
Art by Tine Paz Yap