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It goes without saying, but it can be challenging to care for what you don’t know. Trying to comprehend the abstract usually means relating it to something that you are familiar with, and if a connection can’t be made, taking a stance that’s already been paved is so often easier than formulating a unique opinion. For this reason, advancing civil rights almost always involves attaching the personal to the political; giving faces to statistics so that those who doubt their investment in a cause are forced to see how connected they really are.

Tres Gotas de Agua (Three Drops of Water) is a short series of interviews with three Latina women, each of whom has a child that identifies as gay. Mirna, Dolores and Susana speak about their children’s coming out processes, the hardships they’ve faced in taking a stand for gay rights, and acceptance of LGBT people in Latino communities. Throughout, the women display unconditional love at its purest.

Somos Familia, the organization behind the videos, hopes that the videos will spark discussions in Latino communities about the normally taboo subject of homosexuality, and that they can help begin to break down some of the established beliefs that stand in the way of full acceptance of LGBT youth. As Susana says during her segment, “I am a firm believer that a drop of water wears away a stone.”

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