LGBTQ+ IDENTITY

Here’s a selected list of posts about LGBTQ+ identities. Some posts here relate specifically to gender or to sexuality, others relate to LGBTQ+ communities in the regions where I focus my work.

How to check your privilege: some thoughts on allyship, intersectionality and privilege

I’d like to call you in to this conversation by inviting you to check your privilege (or, analyse the injustices you’ve been spared). Educate yourself: don’t expect marginalised people to explain their oppression to you.

Downloadable quiz: check your privilege

Closer Look: Jin Xing, China’s first transgender woman

I was born in China. It is in China I must be reborn as a woman. Jin Xing was the first transgender person to undergo sex reassignment surgery in China with government approval, and the first whose sex change was officially recognized by the Chinese government. As a boy, Jin had an affinity for dancing and soon […]

LGBTQ+ in China: a quick introduction

In China, the LGBTQ+ community face severe discrimination. Many LGBTQ+ people’s families and communities refuse to accept their sexuality or gender identity, and therefore find themselves in compromising situations like ‘fake’ marriages to fulfil their filial duty. Homosexuality was considered a mental disorder until 2001, and some private Chinese clinics still offer ‘electroshock’ gay conversion therapy. […]