Queer Comrades is China’s only non-profit LGBT webcast.
Our mission is to document queer culture in all its aspects in order to raise public awareness on LGBT matters. As queer issues are at the forefront of social debate in China’s present-day society, we believe that the need for information about LGBT and sexual health issues will continue to grow during the coming years.
We aim to inform both the LGBT and the non-LGBT members of Chinese society in a relaxed and unrestrained way on the various aspects of queer culture, by sending out empowering images of queer life .
Our main medium is a 3-monthly online show which discusses the dynamic characteristics of China’s burgeoning queer culture and the newest developments in the global gay movement. Another important medium consists of online video news items which cover important Chinese and foreign queer information and events.
We strive to provide well-researched, informative, entertaining and positive insights into queer culture. We do not spend time justifying homosexuality, but instead we choose to increase the visibility of the LGBT community and appreciate its intricacies in-and outside of China. We strive to strengthen our position as an audiovisual information and support centre for the LGBT-community.
We record and promote important queer events organized by LGBT organizations in order to expand our archive of LGBT-related footage and create a visual memory of all things queer in China. This archive is open to researchers and LGBT organizations for educational and training purposes Moreover, we want to support other members of the media (including members of the mainstream media) in their efforts to cover queer topics by promoting a well-informed and respectful approach.
We strive towards becoming self-sufficient in our efforts to raise awareness and support the LGBT movement in China. We increasingly will engage the support of commercial businesses who want to attract LGBT-friendly customers in order to create an income which will allow us to expand our LGBT activities in China.
Queer Comrades started its show in April 2007 under the English name “Queer As Folk Beijing” – a name it changed in April 2009 when the show started its third season of online broadcasting.
The Queer Comrades team consists of Xiaogang Wei (founder, director), Stijn Deklerck (producer), Da Huang (camera, editing), Niu Niu (graphic design), Wei Tingting (PR manager, on-location host), Li Guoxin (accounting, on-location host), Fan Popo (guest director) and Anna-Sophie Loewenberg (guest director).
Queer Comrades is a project operating under the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute and receives support from the Ford Foundation and the Worldwide Fund Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
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