Queer Comrades is China’s only non-profit LGBT webcast.
Our mission is to document queer culture in all its aspects in order to raise public awareness on LGBT matters. As queer issues are at the forefront of social debate in China’s present-day society, we believe that the need for information about LGBT and sexual health issues will continue to grow during the coming years.
We aim to inform both the LGBT and the non-LGBT members of Chinese society in a relaxed and unrestrained way on the various aspects of queer culture, by sending out empowering images of queer life .
Our main medium is a 3-monthly online show which discusses the dynamic characteristics of China’s burgeoning queer culture and the newest developments in the global gay movement. Another important medium consists of online video news items which cover important Chinese and foreign queer information and events.
We strive to provide well-researched, informative, entertaining and positive insights into queer culture. We do not spend time justifying homosexuality, but instead we choose to increase the visibility of the LGBT community and appreciate its intricacies in-and outside of China. We strive to strengthen our position as an audiovisual information and support centre for the LGBT-community.
We record and promote important queer events organized by LGBT organizations in order to expand our archive of LGBT-related footage and create a visual memory of all things queer in China. This archive is open to researchers and LGBT organizations for educational and training purposes Moreover, we want to support other members of the media (including members of the mainstream media) in their efforts to cover queer topics by promoting a well-informed and respectful approach.
We strive towards becoming self-sufficient in our efforts to raise awareness and support the LGBT movement in China. We increasingly will engage the support of commercial businesses who want to attract LGBT-friendly customers in order to create an income which will allow us to expand our LGBT activities in China.
Queer Comrades started its show in April 2007 under the English name “Queer As Folk Beijing” – a name it changed in April 2009 when the show started its third season of online broadcasting.
Queer Comrades is a project operating under the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute.
Fan Popo is gay film maker, writer and activist. Born in 1985, he graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. He published “Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films” (Beifang Wenyi Press, 2007).
He received the third prize in the LGBT Research Paper Prize of the Chi-Heng Foundation, the second prize in the sina.com’s prize for online video and the Prism Prize of the 22nd Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
He directs the China Queer Film Festival Tour, which has travelled over 20 major cities in China since 2008. He participated in international exchanges in Taipei, Copenhagen, Los Angeles and other places
Xiaogang was born and raised in Xinjiang, China. He was trained as an actor at the drama department of the Xinjiang Arts Institute in Urumqi and at the Shanghai Drama Academy. Having a passion for community work and a drive to contribute to social change, Xiaogang has continually searched for meaningful ways to share his drama skills with others and to use them in socially relevant ways.
After finishing his studies, he moved to Beijing where he starred in various socially engaging theatre plays and movies, including “Men and Women” (LGBT film, Liu Bingjiang, 1999) and “The Old Testament” (LGBT film, Cui Zi’en, 2002). He was a drama teacher at various schools and universities and also successfully developed and implemented a program of drama workshops for different Beijing NGOs. He continues to volunteer for NGOs based in Beijing, and has been a consultant for UNICEF since 2005.
During recent years he started to engage himself on the production side of various film- and other productions benefiting different social movements in China. His most recent feats include the co-production of “Living Positive” (docudrama on HIV/AIDS, Isolda Morillo, 2005), “I Want to Grow Old in China”(documentary, Smoke Signal Projects, 2008) and the founding of the LGBT webcast “Queer Comrades”, for which he hosted and directed more than 50 half-hour episodes. Xiaogang is an organizing member of the Beijing Queer Film Festival and a board member of the Beijing LGBT Centre.