One Equal World

Out and Around

Posted on: October 30, 2015

Image: Shutterstock

Image: Shutterstock

Traveling around the world with your girlfriend sounds like a dream. For many, it’s the ultimate bucket list adventure. It definitely was for blogging couple Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols; when they first fell in love, they vowed to follow a life of adventure. From their San Francisco home, they decided to launch a journey to travel around the globe. The couple had no idea that their promise would lead them to leave their corporate jobs, and eventually travelling across fifteen countries. It took them a year, and just as much emotional mileage as physical.

But it wasn’t just for sight seeing.

With the couple came cameras and a book on documentary-making. What they produced together (along with their producer team) is now a powerful piece on the state of the world for lesbians, a lens often neglected even in queer studies.

Along their international journey, they met with local LGBT leaders, took their cues from queer individuals, and kept their eyes open. There are 72 countries in the world where it is illegal to act or even exist as a homosexual, and they did not shy away from those.

“In Kenya we learned quickly that we cannot walk hand-in-hand,” said Lisa. “We didn’t realize what a stressor it is not to act like a couple until we had to.”

In Brazil, they saw how limited federal protection of LGBT citizens is when the culture is rampantly homophobic. “No movement stops with the passing of laws. The implementation and cultural change takes time.”

Do you ever wonder what LGBT life is outside your home country? Their documentary, “Out and Around,” was released by Logo in August, and is now available for online viewing and soon to be available on DVD. 10% of their proceeds go to their non-profit partner, the It Gets Better Project.

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