It is also being praised for being body positive
For many LGBT teens youth groups are not just about getting support, but also about finding friends or a potential Mr (or Mrs, or Mx) Right.
And that’s exactly what a group of German teens made into the topic of a bilingual short film.
Geliebter Sam (Beloved Sam) tells the story of David and American exchange student Sam, who meet at a youth group.
They fall in love, but while Sam is out to his parents, David isn’t.
To make matters worse, his brother walks in on the boys and later threatens David to out him.
Produced by Come In, a youth group in the city of Magdeburg in former East Germany, he film is the result of a filmmaking workshop with LGBT media project Queerblick.
It was planned to be an all-German production – until Noah Hutchinson, a US exchange student, joined the team, and everyone switched to speaking English.
‘It was different than planned,’ group leader Dominic Liebschwager told German website Queer.de.
‘But through shows, YouTube and school english the switch went without much of a hitch and added a new challenge.’
So they decided their film should be accessible in both languages and feature subtitles.
And German media are not just praising Beloved Sam for its sweet storyline, but also for spreading body positivity and going against the classic idea of who is considered attractive.
Instead of ripped models, it features two normal young men falling in love for the first time, showing that everyone deserves love.
Watch the short film below: