Don’t miss the 2017 Love Queer Cinema Week from 1 to 5 November at the French Institute of Beijing! The Love Queer Cinema Week presents a cutting-edge selection of Chinese and foreign queer films. It offers a rare place of reflection and exchange about queer films and celebrates diversity. Supported by the French embassy in […]
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Queer Comrades celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017! We thank you for your support, and we’re looking forward to 10 more years of joint activism, proudly telling the story of all Chinese LGBTI.
Zero Discrimination Art Exhibition in Beijing.
Don’t miss the 2016 Love Queer Cinema Week from 1 to 6 November at the French Institute of Beijing! The Love Queer Cinema Week presents a cutting-edge selection of Chinese and foreign queer films. It offers a rare place of reflection and exchange about queer films and celebrates diversity. Supported by the French embassy in […]
Join the China AIDS Walk! On 24 September 2016, we walk the Great Wall in Beijing to raise funds for AIDS education for adolescents throughout China! Check out how you can join on our website (http://chinaaidswalk.cn/), Wechat (ChinaAIDSWalk) and Weibo (@爱滋徒步). We’re waiting for you!
On IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia), China’s first LGBT Stamp Design Competition announced its winners. Paper-cut artist Xiyadie (the Siberian Butterfly) won first prize, and his designs were produced into China’s first LGBT-themed stamp set.
On 17 May 2016 in Beijing, UNDP launched the Being LGBTI in China Survey Report. The living conditions of Chinese Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People are reflected in the nation-wide report, which gathered input from over 30.000 survey respondents. More Info & Survey Report Download Link: http://www.cn.undp.org/content/china/en/home/library/democratic_governance/being-lgbt-in-china/
From 30 April to 6 May 2016, Beijing Gender and Queer Comrades held the 5th Queer University, a training program for people working in sexual minority communities. Queer University trains people to film, edit and produce documentaries. It empowers people to record their own community stories and enhance their advocacy activities.
On 13 April 2016, China’s first same-sex marriage court case was heard at the Changsha Furong District People’s Court.
On 11 April 2016, China’s first transgender employment discrimination case was heard by a labor arbitration panel in Guiyang.
2015, the Goat Year, has come to an end. It was a year full of big and small events for the Chinese LGBT community. Which of them gathered most attention? The China Rainbow Media Awards listed 10 top LGBT news items published between November 2014 and December 2015, and Chinese netizens voted on their favourite.
On 24 November, the first Chinese case involving gay educational rights was informally heard through dialogue at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court. Qiu Bai and 10 classmates reported the fact that higher education materials treat homosexuality as an illness to the State Administration of Press & Publication and the Guangdong Education Department, yet received no reply within […]
On 20 September, the China AIDS Walk took place for the second time in Shanxi, and conquered the Taiyuan Juewei Mountain. This Shanxi China AIDS Walk event was co-organized by the Shanxi Province Health Management Association and the Shanxi Landian Working Group. During the Walk, the participants unfurled a 200-meter-long red ribbon on the rugged […]
On 12 September 2015, the Beijing leg of the fourth China AIDS Walk took place on the Jinshanling Great Wall. More than 150 walkers from different nationalities and communities took part in the hike to benefit children affected by HIV/AIDS in Daliangshan (Sichuan Province).
On the last day of May 2015,excellent students coming from seven cities and provinces all over the country, completed one week of study training in Shanghai,and graduated smoothly from Queer University’s Film Training Camp.
The 6th Anniversary Concert of the Beijing Queer Chorus,”Singing for Queers”, took place on 27 December 2014.
2014 – The Chinese Queer Year
2014 China Rainbow Media Awards Ceremony Takes Place in Guangzhou. For a full overview of the 2014 Award Recipients, including a full press release of the event, please go to: https://www.queercomrades.com/en/blog/2014crma/
On 19 December, a judgment was pronounced in China’s first “gay conversion” case. The Beijing Haidian District People’s Court ruled that the defendant, the Chongqing Xinyu Piaoxiang Psychological Counseling Center,needs to publish a public apology for its “conversion” practices and pay compensation to the plaintiff.
On Christmas Eve, 2 Santa’s had a public fight on the streets. After a sizeable crowd gathered around them, the Santa’s stopped fighting and held up signs. They told the onlookers that they are college students fighting against domestic violence. With their performance art, they want to focus attention on domestic violence in same-sex relationships, and ensure that […]
On 29 November, the China AIDS Walk entered Guangzhou. More than 300 China AIDS Walkers participated in a climb of Canton Tower.
On 20 November, UNDP Beijing organized a Transgender Day of Remembrance lunch event. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an international day celebrated by trans communities worldwide to cherish the memory of trans* individuals who have been killed or who suffered violence related to hate crimes.
Bringing you the China domestic queer news highlights of October 2014 – enjoy!
On 25 October, the first Beijing PFLAG Conference took place in the Beijing Club Destination. Almost 100 Parents, Family members and Friends of LGBT participated.
On 12 October, the China AIDS Walk took place in Shanxi. 37 local participants and HIV/AIDS experts came together at the Luya mountain area and engaged in a one-day hike event. In November, the China AIDS Walk will go to Guangzhou. Everybody is welcome to participate – let’s all walk for love! More Information: http://www.weibo.com/chinaaidswalk
On 9 August, the 9th Gay Games took off in Cleveland, US. More than 8000 athletes from over 50 countries took place in this major sports event. Liu Shi was the only Chinese representative, and he participated in the Swimming Event. On 12 August, Liu Shi won a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke event […]
On 6 September, the UK’s Consul General in Shanghai, Brian Davidson, and his same-sex partner, Scott Chang, got married in Beijing. Their marriage drew the attention of countless netizens, and generated a storm of support for same-sex marriage in China.
Bringing you the China domestic queer news highlights of September 2014 – enjoy!
On 20 September 2014, the China AIDS Walk took place in Beijing. This was the third time the welfare event took place. Close to 140 walkers from different nationalities and communities took part.
The LGBT-themed film “Like Love” held a Beijing cinema screening, making it the first Mainland LGBT film to make it to the mainstream cinema. The film adapts the popular novel “I Love You If You Were Men” by Angelina, which moved thousands in China. Lead characters An Ziyan and Maiding meet at military training in […]
The “Being LGBT in Asia: China Country Report” was officially released in August 2014 at the Beijing UNDP Office. You can download the report here.
Join the China Aids Walk on 20 September 2014! Are you looking for an engaging outdoor adventure on the Great Wall? Are you eager to connect with passionate people from all over the world? Do you want to be an active participant in the fight against HIV/AIDS? Then come join us on the […]
Bringing you the China domestic queer news highlights of August 2014-enjoy!
We believe that everybody can do a little and become a seed for social change. When we all inform the people around us about HIV/AIDS,we’ll change the attitude of the whole society. So take action and make a difference!
On 31 July 2014, the Beijing Haidian Court started hearing a landmark case, in which gay man Xiao Zhen (alias) sued the Xinyu Piaoxiang psychological counseling center for violating his rights when giving him “sexual orientation rectification therapy”. He also sued Baidu for publishing ads regarding “gay conversion”. To support Xiao Zhen in his rights […]
Bringing you the domestic queer news highlights of July 2014 – enjoy!
At 2pm on 28 July, at the south gate of Beijing Normal University, a couple of performance artists appeared. Some were holding books, some were wearing bath towels. They carried slogans including “Porn does not equal Sex Education” and “College Students want Sex Education” appeared. With their performance art, they ask society to address colleges students’ […]
Bringing you the China domestic queer news highlights of June 2014 – enjoy!
On 14 June, the China Rainbow Media Awards LGBT Media Training Workshop started in Nanchang. Around 15 people participated in the event, including LGBT organizational staff and volunteers from Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian. The main workshop trainers were Ah Qiang from PFLAG China and Feng Yuan, an expert on social gender.
On 23 June, at the second “Speak Out” salon organized by Chengdu Tongle at the Bookworm, the short films “Tongzhi in Love” and “Surfing for Love” were screened.
On 14 June, the Rainbow Mic Contest took off in the Beijing Bar “Funky”. Hundreds of contestants gathered to sing in the first ever Jing Pride Rainbow Mic contest. Every Saturday in June, the Rainbow Mic Contest continues at Funky – see you there!
The 2014 Xi’An Sex Fair featured many areas, including the product showcase area, the sex/gender diversity area, the video showcase area and the performance area. We take you today to have a look at the sex/gender diversity area, and interview the amazing people showcasing the LGBT diversity.
The award-winning short film “Quiet”, directed by Lauren Fash, will be broadcasted in China on 10 July 2014 on the 56 website. The film is produced by However Productions & Enmaze Productions LLC, and co-produced by Queer Comrades. More Info: “Quiet” – Trailer http://www.enmaze.com/film/#/quiet/ http://quietthemovie.com/
Bringing you an update on China queer news in May 2014! Featuring: Yunnan celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT), Xi’An holds IDAHOT bike ride, Taiwan activists erect 100 gravestones to honor victims of homophobia and transphobia, Taiwan IDAHOT action “360 Occupations, LGBT Everywhere, Fight against Homophobia on 517th”, Hong Kong domino-down IDAHOT […]
A behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking happening at the 2014 Queer University. This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China, from 9-15 March 2014.
When you turn the camera around, you can’t see yourself. This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China, from 9-15 March 2014.
May I ask your opinion about homosexuals? This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China, from 9-15 March 2014.
Do you like boys or girls? This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China, from 9-15 March 2014.
This is a ceremony. It is a start to break the cage of my own self. By imprisoning my body, I want to achieve absolute freedom for my mind. This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China, from 9-15 March 2014.
Bringing you an update on China queer news in April 2014! Featuring: the 11th anniversary of the death of Zhang Guorong, fake job interviews, the problems created by the non-protection of same-sex families, Taiwan documentary on the diversity of love, Taiwan community calls for same-sex marriage bill, Kaohsiung Gay Pride, the online marriage of Lanlan […]
From 9 to 15 March 2014, 12 trainees from 10 different places in China participated in the third one-week Queer University Documentary Training, held by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI).
Through investigative journalism, we found out that the heterosexual phenomenon is growing in Chinese society. Though this is a scary development, we should be tolerant towards them in this modern society. Express your solidarity with straight people, and stand up against discrimination! This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building […]
On Valentine’s Day 2014, a group of sexual minority citizens held a kissing protest entitled “To Russia with Love” in front of the Russian Embassy in Beijing. They celebrated Valentine’s Day, requested the Russian government to revoke their anti-LGBT “propaganda law”, and expressed the hope that China will improve the situation for citizens subject to […]
In the evening of 6 January, Guangdong TVS broadcasted the TV program “City Search” which held a special report entitled “Survey of Sex amongst Male Gays born after 1980 in Guangzhou”. In the program, journalists baited gay men and engaged in subjective and one-sided interviewing to report on them. The program started by citing the […]
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“In Hong Kong and in Mainland China,in mainstream society and in the LGBT community, the bisexual community is invisible.” – Lucetta Kam, Beijing, June 2013 The Sixth Beijing Queer Film Festival offered a screening of the documentary “Bisexual Revolution”, which was followed by a panel debate. Today, we look back on the bisexual issues discussed […]
The 6th Beijing Queer Film Festival organized the forum “Did You See Me? At the Margins of the LGBT Movement”. The forum’s panel debate focused on Intersex, SM Drag and Gender Queer. Today, we revisit the forum as we introduce intersex person Hiker Chiu.
On 15 December 2013, the third “China Rainbow Media Awards” ceremony was successfully held at the Guangzhou Donlord International Hotel for more than 20 national media institutions and many LGBT community friends. The awards are jointly organized by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute and 11 other organizations, and is the first large-scale LGBT media […]
“A Heart Felt”, an award-winning short film written and directed by Cheng Jingyang, has been released online! You can watch it for free at http://www.iqiyi.com/weidianying/wyyxl.html The film is produced by Enmaze Pictures, and co-produced by Queer Comrades. “A Heart Felt” tells the story of a father of a gay man who goes on a life-changing […]
On 28 November, Funky and the Beijing LGBT Center jointly organized a kinky SM Thanksgiving party. Previously called SMut, the kinky party is an annual party organized by the Beijing LGBT Center for all kinds of people: gay, straight and people who don’t want to be labelled.
The Shining Jazzy Chorus, the first China LGBT chorus, takes up an important place in society. On 19 October, the Shining Jazzy Chorus celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a Concert at the Penghao Theatre in Beijing.
On 9 November 2013, a much anticipated event took place, the annual Hong Kong Pride Parade. With the theme “We stand for love, we stand for LGBT”, the 2013 Pride Parade fought for Anti-Discrimination legislation. Participants came from all around the world, and there was a large delegation from the Mainland. Let’s explore this colorful […]
Queer Comrades gives you an update on what happened in the Chinese LGBT community in October. Have a look! Featuring: the 11th Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade, the 5th Mr. Gay Hong Kong Pageant, 4 boys reprimanded by middle school for sleeping in the same bed, “Gender-friendly toilet sign” in Kaohsiung, Chongqing University’s first Model UN […]
On 13 October, the China AIDS Walk, a large-scale HIV/AIDS public fundraising project jointly organized by the China Population Welfare Foundation, the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute & the China Alliance of People living with HIV/AIDS took place for the second time on the Jinshanling Great Wall. More than 70 fundraising teams and over 200 […]
Chinese independent artist Yuan Yuan won a Special Mention at the 2013 Pride Photo Award with her series “At this moment, I want to be”. The series juxtaposes people’s identity card pictures with images of what they currently want to be. The visualizations showcase a dazzling gender diversity.
Volunteers in the fight against HIV/AIDS go to the Ministry of Commerce to oppose a draft regulation on public bathhouses which states that people with STDs, HIV-positive people, AIDS-patients and others are not allowed to take a bath in public bathhouses.
September saw Beijing shrouded in haze, and the country brimming with interesting queer news. Let’s take a look! Featuring: Xiao Han’s letter to colleges, Anthony Wong wants to watch gay films, arrests at a gay home party, discrimination at the Shenzhen Charity Fair, Blow God Takuya arrives in Beijing and the beautiful feminist hike crosses […]
Takuya is the “master of blow jobs”. He became famous in Japan after appearing on a game show, and is touring the whole of Asia to show off his skills. He recently came to Beijing, where he met with his fans in Destination.
Queer Comrades offers you an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the hottest Chinese online video series “9 Gay Men Teach You How”. Click on the following links to check out the first video in the series: “Catching a Man” and the second video: “Healing a Broken Heart“.
The third part of the first ever PFLAG China Action Camp took place in Beijing. 16 parents of LGBT children took part. All mothers and fathers took some time to shout out their support in front of the camera. Check out their passion!
On 13 August, Chinese Valentine’s Eve, a male gay couple and a lesbian couple participated in a kissing contest held in Galaxy Soho, Beijing. They were the talk of the contest, and were cheered for their passionate expressions of love.
After hearing that the 11th National Meeting of the Chinese Society of Psychiatry would take place in Beijing on 11 September, a few volunteers of the Beijing LGBT Center went to the conference venue, hoping to talk with experts and end the pathologization of homosexuality.
Summer is over, Autumn is here. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest china queer news items of August before the weather turns cold!
An HIV-Positive person goes on the streets of Xidan in Beijing on Chinese Valentine’s Day to find somebody to love him. Can he find true love on this special day?
Love? Sex? Love and Sex Stories from the students of the Queer University. This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China from 28 April – 4 May 2013.
Queer is All Kinds of Cool This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China from 28 April – 4 May 2013.
From 17 to 18 August 2013, the second China Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Leader Conference successfully took place in Beijing. Emphasizing the participation of communities whose voice remains largely underrepresented in China’s LGBT movement, representatives of the lesbian, gay & straight community shared the stage with (among others) leaders of organizations focusing […]
From 21 to 23 June 2013, “Toward Sexual Happiness”, the Fourth International China Sexology Conference, took place in Beijing. It’s the biggest Sexology Conference in China. 81 expert academics and activists presented at the conference, which put a big emphasis on sexual minority topics.
An Ode to Leslie Cheung. This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China from 28 April – 4 May 2013.
In the second China Rainbow Media Awards media training, participants were assisted by the trainers to design a campaign surrounding the legal change allowing lesbians to donate blood. Their campaign gained rapid momentum among lesbian communities. On 1 July, lesbians in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Beijing, Wuhan and Zhengzhou, took part in the “Proud to Give Lesbian […]
How do the students of the Queer University make their trainee video’s? “Title” gives you an eclectic impression of the fun, filming, editing and discussing that goes into a trainee video. This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training which took place in Guangzhou, China from 28 April – […]
Gay or Straight – Brush up on your queer Chinese with this video produced by students of the Queer University! This video was produced as part of the Queer University Video Capacity Training which took place in Guangzhou, China from 28 April – 4 May 2013.
The 6th Beijing Queer Film Festival, held from 19 to 23 June 2013, was a huge success. The Film Festival featured 28 films from 9 countries. It was the first time the festival took place in downtown Beijing without government interference. Considering the festival’s history, this can be regarded as a small miracle. Is it […]
On 17 May 2013, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), close to 100 journalist, college representatives, psychological counselors, and foreign embassy representatives gathered at the Dutch embassy to attend the premiere of the transgender documentary “Brothers”.
How do grass-roots LGBT organizations deal with the new media environment? How do you plan and package LGBT events? How to improve your media skills? Armed with these and similar questions, members of LGBT grass-roots organizations from Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, Yunnan, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan participated in the China Rainbow Media Awards media training […]
On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO), over a hundred LGBT people and allies from Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangdong, Chongqing, Hubei and Zhejiang gathered at the scenic river belt near Hexi University to fight for their rights and against discrimination. The event was held by the local LGBT rights organization “Hunan […]
From 28 April to 4 May 2013, the Queer University Video Capacity Building Training was held in Guangzhou. The Training is an initiative of Queer Comrades and the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute and is co-organized by China Queer Independent Films. The Training aims to foster talents from LGBT and sexual minority communities and help […]
The 2013 Mainland China LGBT Pride in Changsha will take place on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO). Comrades, let’s all take part! To sign up , join the QQ group at 112932872. For more information, go to the Hunan With Love website at www.rt1069.com.
Recently, the Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education, with the support of the French Embassy in China, held 8 salons in a series titled: ” Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – Anti-Discrimination”. Sexual minority issues also formed part of the series’ content. Several LGBT activists were invited to speak, and lead heated discussions and debates. More […]
Following the success of their first ever gay pride in 2012, the organization “Hunan With Love” is planning a new gay pride parade this year in May. The slogan is: “Comrades, we’re in Changsha”. They’re now recruiting clerks, designers, promoters, lawyers and filmmakers to form a preparatory committee. All kinds of heroes are invited to […]