China LGBT Activists Launch Trans Visibility Campaign

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Chinese gay rights group Queer Comrades will host an event on May 17 (the day IDAHO is celebrated) titled “lgbT - Increasing Transgender Visibility in China.

The gathering will be hosted by the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing, and will feature the premiere of 30-minute film Brothers, the first documentary about trans men in China, the Gay Star News reports.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on 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,” Queer Comrades said in a statement.

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

The LGBT group is reaching out mainstream media, educators and counselors “as they fulfill important firstline roles in the spreading of information and the providing of help regarding transgender issues.”

China doesn’t offer any legal rights for gay couples or LGBT workplace protections. Sergio N. Candido

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