Earlier this year, PLANETROMEO called out for entries from its millions of members to take part in the ‘LOVE BEYOND BORDERS’ project.
“We wanted to give some of our Romeos in long-distance relationships the opportunity to get together,” said Gui Bosselaers, Head of Marketing at PLANETROMEO. “Two guys who have been in love with each other for some time, but rarely have the opportunity to be with each other – two Romeos who remain deeply in love despite living worlds apart.”
Over 2000 reactions were received from 138 countries; each telling their unique story in a submitted video. Three couples with their Romeos living on different continents were selected. They were surprised in Brazil, Italy and the Philippines with a trip to the Netherlands to be reunited with their love. Arriving during Pride week, each couple experienced a week-long celebration of love and freedom of expression in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
‘LOVE BEYOND BORDERS’ is produced by Dutch TV concept-creator, producer and director Sipke-Jan Bousema and SJB MEDIA for PLANETROMEO. Bousema is known for creating various TV programs and documentaries about LGBT+ emancipation. Sipke Jan said about the project, “I was really touched by the love stories of all the guys and I’m super excited that we can now share these with the world through the global network of PLANETROMEO. No matter who you love, love is wonderful – and it’s worth sharing. LOVE BEYOND BORDERS proves that love is stronger than one might think and it can bridge thousands of miles.”
From its start 15 years ago, PLANETROMEO has always embraced diversity and supported the worldwide fight against discrimination of LGBT+ people.
“We’re proud to connect millions of people all over the world – across borders, cultures and languages,” said Gui Bosselaers. “Our ‘LOVE BEYOND BORDERS’ story shows how love can overcome all obstacles. Everyone deserves to find real love, regardless of who you are or who you love.”