Online activists spur change in Middle East, China, world

Published: March 11, 2015

Colin Stewart
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Online LGBT activism and community-building are the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues.

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Moderator for the latest discussion is Andre Banks, executive director of, the  U.S.-based advocacy organization that has enlisted 2 million people worldwide to take action online for LGBTI rights.

Panelists / activists on the video are:
    •    Suzan from the organization Mideast Youth, speaking about its project, the biggest LGBT forum for the Middle East. On that site, LGBTI visitors can discuss personal, health and social issues in confidence in Arabic and in English. On the video, her family name and images of her face were omitted for her safety.
    •    Xiaogang Wei, speaking about Queer Comrades, an LGBT webcast in China that has been produced since 2007.

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Xiaogang Wei said, “Actually, the whole Chinese LGBT movement started on the Internet, before people were more secure — just go online to meet people.  …  In 2009, we had one video talking about lesbian sex. After three days, we had 3 million people viewed that one show.” Viewers left a thousand comments, most of them negative.

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