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Exclusive: Mother Fights to Stay in Gay Son’s Life Amid Surrogacy Drama in Baby Steps

Exclusive: Mother Fights to Stay in Gay Son’s Life Amid Surrogacy Drama in Baby Steps

Baby Steps, Barney Cheng, Ang Lee, Grace Guei
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“If you weren’t gay, it wouldn’t be this complicated.” 

Does the term "traditional family" have a place anymore in today's ever-evolving society? A son wonders just that in Baby Steps, when his mother questions whether, had he been straight and started a "normal" family, if their relationship would be in a better place.

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Directed by and starring Barney Cheng, Baby Steps followed up a relatively successful festival run with a release in Asia, where it impacted the entertainment culture at a time when Taiwan was deciding whether or not to legalize gay marriage. Also starring Taiwanese actress Grace Guei as a meddling mother longing for a grandchild, the film explores classic familial concerns that arise between parents and their gay children.

"I made Baby Steps to bring people together through empathy and shared experiences," said Cheng, "and as an example of how entertainment and diversity inclusion can intersect in a positive, meaningful way." Baby Steps was produced by Stephen Israel and Li-Kong Hsu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and is slated for an August 15 digital release in America. Watch the trailer, below.

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