5 Reasons to Watch BLs (Yes, Even If You’re Straight)

Representation matters.
by Maddie Cruz   |  May 31, 2021
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Maybe it’s because it’s 2021, or maybe it’s because we’ve all been stuck at home for about 14 months already with nothing but the internet and online streaming to keep us entertained... Either way, no one can deny the rising popularity of the Boys Love genre in series and films. At first glance, one might be inclined to believe that BLs are only going to be enjoyed by a very specific demographic, the LGBTQIA+

But if you give it a shot, you might just find yourself a new favorite. That said, here are five reasons to watch BLs!

It’s about time.

Members of the LGBTQIA community have been watching TV shows and rom coms revolving around straight people since... forever. Now that production companies are understanding the importance of representation in popular media, make sure to maximize the opportunity and see what else is out there.

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It gives you a glimpse of other Asian cultures

Most of the BLs out there are produced by our Asian neighbors. In fact, the crowd favorites are mostly Thai. These shows allow us to have a look into how other Asians go about their day-to-day life - from the food, to their routines and even norms and practices!

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There’s an abundance of wholesome uwu-cuteness

You’ll know what we mean when you start getting hooked. Believe us when we say that you’ll end up flooding your group chats with hearts and uwu emojis as you talk about your OTP’s meet-cute or their kilig moments and inevitable, defining-the-relationship scene.

New actors to stan

Case in point : Bright Vachirawit. Win Metwain. Tay Tawan. New Thitipoom. We constantly thank the BL gods for sending them our way and pretty soon, you’ll find yourself coming up with your own list of actors to thank the BL gods for.

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It breaks a lot of the stigma around same-sex relationships.

We really think this has to be said. As much as we’ve gone a long way in trying to alleviate the plight of our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters, we all know there’s still so much stigma going around these relationships. By watching BLs, you get to watch how they’re no different from the relationships we know. At the same time, you can also gain better understanding of the struggles we may never understand as straight people like having to come out or fear of judgment as most BLs touch on these topics too.

We dare say that watching BLs, in more ways than one, can help us become better allies to the LGBTQIA community. Speaking of, here are orgs you can join if you want to be more active as an LGBTQIA+ ally.

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