Trans Visibility Campaign Launched In China

Chinese LGBT activists are launching a campaign to increase trans visibility in China. As part of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) on May 17, an event called lgbT-Increasing Transgender Visibility in China will be held to spread awareness of transgender issues.

"'Chinese society is currently still largely unaware of the plight of transgendered people in China, who face stigma and discrimination on a daily basis,' said a statement from event organizers Queer Comrades,

'With the event, we focus on bringing attention to transgender communities in China and increasing public understanding of transgender issues.'

Queer Comrades are reaching out to the media, educators and counselors 'as they fulfill important firstline roles in the spreading of information and the providing of help regarding transgender issues.'"

The event, hosted by the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing, will feature a screening of Brothers, a 30-minute documentary about trans men in China. There will also be a panel discussion headed up by Brothers director Yao Yao, Tony, one of the men who appears in the film, and Joanne Leung, founder of the Transgender Resource Center of Hong Kong.