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颁奖典礼主持人:韦婷婷(北京纪安德咨询中心)与叶贝(智同中国广州同志中心)

Ceremony Hosts: Wei Tingting (Beijing Gender Health Education Institute) and Ye Bei (Chi Heng Guangzhou LGBT Center)

 

Third China Rainbow Media Awards Honors Shang Wenjie

Press Release – China Rainbow Media Awards Committee

Media Liaison: sambeijing@aliyun.com

Video Report can be found here.

On 15 December 2013, the third annual China Rainbow Media Awards Ceremony was held in Guangzhou. Organized by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute and eleven other Chinese organizations, the China Rainbow Media Awards (CRMA) is the first ever Chinese media award with a focus on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues. CRMA seeks to direct media in a way that is diverse and positively representational of LGBT issues.

Representatives of more than 20 media institutions joined with community representatives at the Donlord International Hotel in Guangzhou to celebrate the Third China Rainbow Media Awards. Lv Pin spoke on behalf of the judges’ panel. Awards recipients such as Southern Metropolis Daily, Global Times, Sina and Tencent Video  sent delegates to the ceremony to accept their awards and interact with the audience.

年度致敬人物奖颁给了中国乐坛著名音乐人尚雯婕

Shang Wenjie recorded an acceptance speech for the ceremony

 

Shang Wenjie Honored with Special Contribution Award

Shang Wenjie received the 2013 CRMA Special Contribution Award. The Ceremony showcased the official premiere of her music video promoting LGBT welfare, which is co-produced by Danlan and the Shang Wenjie Workshop. Though Shang Wenjie could not attend the Ceremony in person, she recorded an acceptance video which was played at the ceremony. In the video, she reiterated her commitment to work together with the LGBT community, and encouraged all gay people to speak up.

Her Weibo-message in which she announced her Special Contribution Award was retweeted numerous times, and legions of fans expressed their support and admiration.

Shang Wenjie’s music video promoting LGBT welfare: “Love Changes Love”

 

A Renowned Panel of Judges

The 2013 CRMA boasted a panel of renowned judges including Chinese judges Lv Pin, Cui Zi’en, Ai Xiaoming, Zhang Zhi’An, Cheng Qingsong, and international judges Steven Jiang, and Tomasz Sajewicz.

This year’s awards took into account more than 100,000 LGBT-themed reports from 20 newspapers, 15 magazines, 10 television stations, and over a hundred online media outlets published between September 2012 and October 2013, dealing with a varied number of issues including law & politics, culture, entertainment, social life and science.

 

Major Awards

The following works were honored:

* Yangcheng Evening News: “Hello, Comrade!” – Best Magazine/Newspaper Report

* Sina Eladies: “90-year-old Chinese Super Gran supports Gay Grandson” – Best Online Report

* Tencent Video: “The Hidden World of Transgender Sex Workers” – Best Video Report

* Global Times: “On the Edge” – Best English Report

* Southern Metropolis Daily: “Hundreds of Parents of LGBT Write and Appeal to NPC to Revise the Marriage Law” – People’s Choice Award

 

媒体奖合作方之一中山大学性别教育论坛负责人黄怡辛介绍他们的性别项目

Huang Yi Xin, head of the Sun Yat-Sen University Gender Equity Forum introduces their gender activities at the LGBT workshop for journalists

Media Outlets Demonstrate Enthusiasm for LGBT Issues

During the afternoon of 15 December, the China Rainbow Media Awards, along with PFLAG China and the Sun Yat-Sen University Gender Equity Forum, hosted a workshop on how to report on LGBT-related issues. Around 20 media outlets from all over China participated in the workshop and engaged in conversation with lecturers such as renowned media expert Li Jun, feminist activist Lv Pin and renowned journalist Bao Xiaodong.

 

 合作方之一中山大学性别教育论坛的柯倩婷副教授正在做年度媒体监测报告的分析与解读


Sun Yat-Sen University Associate Professor Ke Qianting analyzing the China Mainland LGBT media monitoring report

 

27 % of LGBT News Reports Concern LGBT Rights

At the press conference preceding the Awards Ceremony, Sun Yat-Sen University Associate Professor Ke Qianting announced the China Mainland LGBT media monitoring report, which was made on the basis of data gathered by LES +.  The Report shows that 27 % of the LGBT reports concern LGBT rights and anti-discrimination.  22 % of the reports concern celebrities, including celebrity coming out stories and celebrities’ opinions concerning LGBT people.  16 % of the reports are on same-sex marriage and same-sex partner relationships.  Reports on crimes involving LGBT people also occupy 16 %.  Ke Qianting said: “We should look at the mainstream media as a tool.  We need to master media advocacy strategies in order to raise our voices, enter the minds of the public, and raise awareness and understanding amongst the public.”

 

颁奖典礼签字板,本届颁奖典礼有来自不同社的共计170余人参加

More than 170 people from various backgrounds participated in the 2013 CRMA Ceremony

 

The 2013 China Rainbow Media Awards signals that sexual minorities are finding proper ways to cooperate with the media. Sexual minorities are changing from passive individuals waiting to be reported on, to active entities seeking out the media to let their voices be heard. They are positively searching to create a relationship with the media which is based on equality, and are looking to change LGBT clichés still adopted by a part of the media. With its selection process, its workshops and its ceremony, the CRMA is constantly striving to increase communication between LGBT and the media, and increase mutual understanding.

Every year, the China Rainbow Media Awards continuously promotes the efforts of sexual minorities to increase appropriate visibility in the media, and records the efforts of the media to report on sexual minorities in more objective, just and professional ways. It is a process of high significance, both for the LGBT community and the media in China.

Attachment: 2012 – 2013 Media Monitoring Report

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