One of the reasons we love watching Asian dramas and movies is for their beautiful portrayal of relationships and love stories. A good drama or movie can give you all the feels, take your heart to places you hadn't imagined before, and leave you with an overwhelming sense of hope that your story deserves a happy ending as well. And everyone else's does too, even if the relationships aren't conventional by societal standards. While there's a lot of debate and hate currently surrounding LGBTQ communities around the world, it's heartwarming to see many Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese dramas and movies celebrate love in all shapes and forms. The road to progressiveness wasn't always easy, though. A lot of these dramas started out by introducing gay characters as comic relief, then moved to subtly hinting at same-sex relationships, and eventually openly celebrated them! We've rounded up 10 of our favorite K-dramas and movies that celebrate same-sex relationships.

We Are Gamily

This beautiful Taiwanese movie broke MAJOR barriers by portraying intimate relationships between two same-sex couples. To fulfill his mother's wish for him to marry and have children, a son is forced to enter into a marriage with a female friend even though he has been in a steady relationship with a boyfriend. But the surprise doesn't stop there in this romance comedy from Taiwan, where marriage equality has made great strides. Powerful storyline, tremendous acting and a massive A+ for portraying same sex relationships with such sensitivity.

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We Are Gamily - 伪婚男女

Starring Tang Zhen Gang and Andrew Chau

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The Substitute

Lu has been raised like a boy by her mother. As captain of a school judo team, she seems to be tough and strong, but she hides her feelings for Nicole, an internet celebrity girl.

Both The Substitute and We Are Gamily are directed by acclaimed Taiwanese director Zero Chou, who released the two 2017 films under the theme of "Over the Rainbow."

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The Substitute - 替身

Starring Lu Hao and Aviis Zhong

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Coffee Prince

Surprised? While Coffee Prince, wasn't an openly gay drama, Han Kyul, aka Gong Yoo, does end up falling in love with Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) while thinking she's a man, soo...the drama was progressive for its time! A young Gong Yoo coming to terms with his feelings for his barista, who he thinks is also a man, was beautifully handled. For those who haven't watched Coffee Prince yet, here are 10 reasons why you need to watch this k-drama STAT!

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Coffee Prince

Starring Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Sun Gyun

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Answer Me 1997

For most die-hard drama addicts, this drama generally is ranked in their top 10 favorite drama watchlist. While the lead pair had us shipping them so hard we thought we would burst, Yoon Yoon Jae (Seo In Guk) and Junhee (Lee Ho Wan) shared a very sweet relationship as well. From the onset, Junhee was shown to have deep feelings for Yoon Yoon Jae, but one of our all time-favorite scenes was them sleeping on the same bed when they went for their army recruitment tests. Remember that super sweet bromantic moment? Another heart-tugging moment was the big confession. Raise your hand if that made you weep like a baby! #JunheeAndYunjaeFOREVER


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Answer Me 1997

Starring Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk

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Answer Me 1994

Taking a cue from its predecessor, Answer Me 1994 delicately portrays a blossoming relationships between two of the male characters. Jung Woo and B1A4 Baro's characters display affection and care, but it appears more one-sided, as Baro is the only one questioning his orientation.

Things get even more heated up when the two share a kiss! We are left with confusing feelings (was this real or just because of the drinking game?!) as Baro ends up with a girl while still looking at Jung Woo in a brotherly way. Whatever might be the case with their orientation, we will forever ship these two!

Cheese in the Trap

Another crowd pleaser, Cheese in the Trap explored another sweet gay relationship. In episode 5, Seol's neighbor Gong Joo Yong and TA Heo Yoon Seob are shown to be engaged in a secret love affair. They try really hard to keep their relationship secret from family and friends and Gong Joo Yong even leaves his home just to pursue his romantic desires with Heo Yoon. However, despite the problems they face, their gay relationship is openly revealed in later episodes and discussed among Hong Seol and company.

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Cheese in the Trap

Starring Kim Go Eun and Park Hae Jin

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Personal Taste

An important investor, Ryu Seung Ryong, starts developing real feelings for Jun Jin Ho (Lee Min Ho), who pretends to be gay in order to room with a woman. What ensues is utter awkwardness, a lot of aigoo, and hilarious encounters between the two. Also how can ANYONE not fall for Lee Min Ho?!

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Personal Taste

Starring Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ho (Heirs)

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The Lover

This drama was such a tease! Takuya and Junjae constantly build anticipation and sexual intensity throughout the drama. Also, the references are tinged with sexual undertones (remember the broken eggshell scene?). Our favorite bit, though, was the iconic 'wrist-grab' scene. Move over ladies, we think the boys do this one better ;)

Life is Beautiful

A movie that was WAY WAY ahead of its times, Life is Beautiful celebrated same sex relationships with sensitivity and beauty in a way that not many older dramas and movies have. The drama about a blended family comprised of multiple generations living on Jeju Island highlights the struggles between Yeon Joo and Kyung Soo, whose parents are expecting them to settle down and marry soon. The two love birds share many awe-inspiring and even trifling moments that occur between any two people who are madly in love.

Detectives of Seonam Girls' High School

This was one of the first k-dramas that portrayed two female characters sharing a kiss scene! Sooyeon and Eunbin like each other, but are worried that their secret relationship will be exposed because of photos of them getting accidentally leaked. The scene garnered massive controversy, and the directors later revealed that, "homosexual students that [they] actually met with told [them] that they do receive unfair treatment at school because of their sexual orientation" and that "[they] came to produce this drama in hopes that diversity will become accepted."

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Detectives of Seonam Girls' High School

Starring Kim Min Joon and Jin Ji Hee

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Which of these dramas or movies do you reccommend?