Second China LGBT Community Leader Conference debates Anti-Discrimination and Advocacy

Published: August 21, 2013

 BEIJING, China – 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 on wives of gay men, bisexuality, transgender issues, disabled LGBT, parents of LGBT, SM, sex workers and HIV/AIDS issues. Both developed and underdeveloped regions were represented, with leaders from far-away regions such as Tibet and Xinjiang also joining in the debates.  The Conference also saw the participation of a small delegation of activists based outside of Mainland China, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, UK, and US-based representatives.

In total, more than 140 LGBT activists, representing 70 organizations and over 28 different regions in China actively participated in the conference, which signifies an increase of more than 50 % compared to the attendance of the first Conference organized in 2012.
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