LGBT in the PRC | China Hang-up Rebroadcast

by Project Pengyou on May 29th, 2014   8656 views

What it’s like to be a “comrade” in China.

LGBT in China

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, marking a huge victory for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The decision left many wondering if China would ever see gay marriage legalized.

At the moment, it seems far-fetched. LGBT events and venues are routinely shut down by authorities and the country lacks even an anti-discrimination law. For a society that prides itself on being scientifically-minded and secular, why does the LGBT community ruffle so many feathers in the government and in the greater public?

To help answer that question and others related to LGBT issues in China, we’ve invited two guests from the Beijing LGBT Center into the Popup Chinese Studios. Stephen Leonelli became the center’s director in 2012 after years of working with social justice and sexuality/gender issues in China and the United States. And the center’s program director, Iron, is a Wuhan-native who you may have seen in the Occupy Men’s Toilet movement or attempting to marry another girl at the Beijing marriage registry office this past February.

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2 responses to LGBT in the PRC | China Hang-up Rebroadcast

  • I really want to see videos broadcasting people in the interviews… Rather than just listenning.. Is it possible?

    • @Little Apple – Unfortunately, doing videos rather than podcasts in decent quality would be a whole other beast requiring equipment, production values, facilities and time we just don’t have. We feel like this is more practical anyways for most people, as they can listen on the go in all sorts of settings. Plus, ya know, my face is much more suitable for audio than video.

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