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July Newsletter | What has the Beijing LGBT Center done in July

Presidents' Office

 

July 31st, 2020

Speaking at Vancouver Pride Society

Invited by Vancouver Pride Society, our Executive Director Xin Ying shared the challenges and coping strategies of the Chinese LGBTIQ community during COVID-19 with the NGO members from Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Barbados, and Canada.

Poster of the Event

 

 

July 31st, 2020

Organizing the Second Event of Beijing+ 25 Series Events

To commemorate the 25 anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, our Executive Director Xin Ying planned four events to remember the conference. This event invited Xiangqi, the founder of Shanghai Nv’ai; Ermao, the ex-editor of Feminist Voices; Waiting, the ex-director of Guangzhou Gender Center; and Lisa Rofel, anthropology professor of University of California, Santa Cruz. Guests shared their experience working in LGBTIQ and women's right, and their views of the conference. In the end, the guests said that it will take a long time to achieve gender equality, and that we need to be patient and hang in there.

the screenshots of the host and guests

 

Monthly Work Report

1. Personnel structure adjustment: the office nominated Sachi and Ren Naying for Director of Project Execution and Director of Project Development respectively. Both of them will manage and support all the projects of the Center in the future.

2. Inviting community partner and loyal supporter of the Center, Tony, being Consultant of Media of the Center. Tony, as the consultant, will provide professional consulting services for the Media Department in the future.

3. Working with the Media Department to film Douyin and keeping uploading new clips three times per week.

4. Providing the newly recruited Director of Media Department and Director of Mental Health Department with induction training.

5. The Executive Director, Xin Ying, participated in the Transgender Youth Camp training and served as the instructor of the training.

 

 

Transgender Project Department

 

July 22nd, 2020

Successfully Organized the National Transgender Youth Camp

Between July 22nd and 24th, the Center held the National Transgender Youth Camp in Tianjin, along with 20 of our transgender friends. Twenty active transgender friends, who came from all across China, got together and learned the history of the LGBTIQA+ community, public speech skills, volunteer management, and so on. We hope, by organizing this type of events, we can attract more transgender friends across China to actively provide service and advocacy for the transgender community.

National Transgender Youth Camp

 

July 25th, 2020

Successful Opening of National Transgender Hotline Summit

Between July 25th and 26th, we invited 20 transgender leaders to participate in a 2-day discussion about transgender hotline network in Tianjin. We discussed the outlook of future cooperation and reached two significant cooperation agreements.

National Transgender Hotline Summit

 

Monthly Work Report

In July, we organized the National Youth Transgender Camp and National Transgender Hotline Summit, which hosted 40 transgender friends. Twenty transgender friends from all across China got together and learned the contents, including a review of the LGBTIQA+ community history, public speech skills, volunteer management, and so on. We hope, by organizing this type of events, we can attract more transgender friends across China to actively provide service and advocacy for the transgender community. During the summit, we invited 20 transgender leaders to join a 2-day discussion of the overlook of our future cooperation together, and we came to two significant cooperation agreements.

The Progress of the Transgender Projects between July and August 2020

 

 

Mental Health Department

 

July 15th, 2020

Questionnaire of China LGBTIQA+ Community Mental Health

The work of the Questionnaire of China LGBTIQA+ Community Mental Health began in 2019. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed schedule was postponed. In the middle of this month, the data collection has been finished; the files have been transferred to the researchers from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for further data cleaning and analysis. The report is expected to be released at the end of this year.

 

July 5th, 2020

Informal Talk about Mental Health at the Beijing LGBT Center

"Hidden Corner, Hidden Humanity", the Third Informal Talk about Mental Health at the Beijing LGBT Center- Feedback Sharing of "The Bad Kids" was successfully organized on July 5th. There were lots of participants who actively expressed and exchanged their ideas. Even after the event, the psychological counselors still wanted to hear more from participants.

 

The Informal Talks about Mental Health in the Center began in May 2020. The event is based on gender minority mental health, and every event will be an online free discussion to talk about one specific topic. This event will invite various LGBTIQA+ affirmative psychological counselors and those with psychology expertise to participate on a long-term basis.

 

 

Development Department

 

July 26th, 2020

Mental Health Project

On July 26th, the activities to promote the fund-raising for the Psychological Aid Project for Sexual Minorities came to an end. In the past two weeks, 8,428 people have donated 116,700 yuan to list the Project successfully on thousands of Alipay users’ homepages. As of August 10th, 25,811 people had donated 147,000 yuan to the Project. In the next few months, we hope that the Project will be displayed on the Alipay’s charity homepages of more users and it can reach the expected fund-raising goal.

 

July 31st, 2020

Summer Lovin’ 2.0 - Summer Rainbow Party

On the evening of July 31st, we cooperated with BEI Zhaolong Hotel to hold a summer rainbow party on the hotel’s terrace. More than 150 queers came to drink and be entertained in the cool summer night after a heavy rain, and enjoyed the first rainbow party of 2020. The event raised a total of more than 18,000 yuan in donations, all of which will be used for the Mental Health Project for sexual minorities and the daily operation of the Center.

 

 

Business Diversity and Inclusion Project

 

July 17, 2020

Job Hunting Skills Workshop

This workshop was carried out by the Center’s Workplace Diversity Project and Yodo1. Mr. Jonas Wolf, the head of the Human Resources Department of Yodo1, provided tips and suggestions for the LGBT community and community-friendly people to apply for a job during the COVID-19 pandemic. He shared the skills on how to make oneself visible online and self-analysis methods before submitting resumes and job interviews. In the Q&A session, Jonas also gave his own suggestions for coming out in the workplace.

 

July 31, 2020

"Queer Talk - Workplace" Sharing Session: Transgender People in the Workplace who Brave Difficulties and Challenges.

The Queer Talk - Workplace Event in July focused on transgender people in the workplace. Guests Xiaoma and Yaya shared their career experiences, including stories of encountering unfair treatment, and their endeavor and advocacy for rights. Lawyer Liying Yu, a guest at the conference, also sorted out influential litigation cases about LGBT group in recent years from a legal perspective, and shared with participants how to protect themselves legally.

 

Monthly work report:

1. Completed the questionnaire of the national corporate gay friendliness survey and officially released it

2. Completed the second part of the toolkit in cooperation with the Asia Foundation, and received the first payment for the project

3. Proofread the final draft of OFB report

4. Launched a workplace support group

5. Held a Queer Talk - Workplace sharing session

6. Organized job hunting skill workshops with partner companies

7. Conversed with four partner companies

8. Participated in three seminars organized by partner companies

9. Recruited two new interns

 

 

Media Department

 

July 31, 2020

The Center’s Douyin Account Put into Operation

In July, the Media Department participated in the official Creation Training Camp of Douyin, established the Douyin team and started operating the Douyin account. Up to now, the team has released15 short videos on Douyin; the executive director Xiaotie(Xin Ying)  answers questions in the videos, educates the public and advocate on LGBTQ issues. These videos have been viewed 600,000 times, and the most streamed video was viewed 220,000 times. There are 53,000 likes in total, and the greatest amount of likes which one video received was 28,000. The number of fans increased by 800%. The Douyin team plans to regularly and continuously produce high-quality short videos in the future, making Douyin an important platform to advocate for the Center.

 

 

Community Operations Department

 

July 11th, 2020

Quarterly Meeting of Volunteer Team Leaders

In July, the meeting of volunteer team leaders for the second quarter was held. At the meeting, we discussed the volunteer recruitment process, the rules of file update and volunteer newsletter submission rules, and volunteer management experience. In addition, we established a volunteer introduction team, which will provide in-depth reports on outstanding individuals/groups of volunteers and will also compile the good practices of volunteers for later reference.

 

July 31, 2020

Diversified Brand Activities

The Brand Event in July has made a new attempt to transform the activities from single events to a series of events, from salon discussions to sharing sessions. Also, we continue to cooperate with guests from different backgrounds, presenting popular topics discussed within the community and people with low visibility. In short, the Center's brand activities become more and more diversified.

 

Monthly work report:

 

 

Operation Department

 

July 1st, 2020

Donation for the Center

From June 30 to July 31, the Center received 3,913.73 yuan of single donations from individuals. The list of donators is shown below, and the names have been altered for privacy. We will use the earmarked donations for their specified purposes, and those not earmarked will be used for the Center’s venue operations. Thank you for your trust and support.

Donation List