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Max's gay 12-year-old.

While viewers might be left guessing about Ugly Betty's preadolescent Justin, some feature films are leading the way with their own out tween characters. In the new Filipino movie The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, Nathan Lopez plays 12-year-old Maxi, a kid growing up in Manila who dotes on his father and two brothers. Maxi's family earns a living from petty theft, and things get complicated when Maxi falls in love with Victor, a handsome, older police officer. "The film is groundbreaking because it boldly presents a young queer Filipino character without trepidation or compromise," says Robert Bernardo, president of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance and a fan of the movie.

The film's honest portrayal of Maxi is winning more than just admirers--the movie has also been awarded prizes at film festivals around the world and was recently selected as the Philippines official entry in the Foreign Language Film category for the 2007 Academy Awards.

"Film has the power to expand our views and transform our perceptions," says Bernardo. "Just like Brokeback Mountain made it easier for rural gays to realize that they are not alone, I strongly believe that [Maxi] will make it easier for queer youth to come out."--G.D.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Nov 21, 2006
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