The city of Philadelphia, named by Thomas Penn, which is Greek for brotherly love. Also, Philadelphia is regarded as a symbol of the spirit of the Constitution of the U.S. which advocates and ensures people’s freedom and equality. Therefore, the story actually happening in New York is named as Philadelphia to show that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and diseases, deserves respect, tolerance and equal rights.
Andrew Beckett, the leading character, is sacked since his boss discovered he has contracted AIDS. Joe Miller, a black associate, helps Andrew sue his boss for unwarranted dismissal. Finally they won the case but unfortunately Andrew collapsed. In this film, we can see that the voice of sexual orientation discrimination almost overwhelmed and that the American government deliberately omitted those who were not endowed with equal rights constitute both physical and mental oppression on the LGBTQs. In addition, the film shows the preciousness of life through Andrew, a AIDS patient’s struggle. Along with Maria Callas's aria, Andrew poured his desire for the miracle of life and while the crescendo reached, the outbreak of his painful struggle for life and fairness greatly shocked me.
Today, we need justice for not only the minority, but also the society’s progress in all ways. In the United States, same sex marriage has been claimed legal nationwide. Also, Taiwan has been the first country of Asia where gay couples are allowed to get married. Hard enough though, I hope mainland China can follow the step of those free and democratic countries as soon as possible.