Last year, QHumanity joined forces with Asia Catalyst that “builds strong civil society and advances the right to health for marginalized groups in Asia.” Together, we worked on three consultations with trans communities across China, guided by principles of participatory research methods.
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods come closest to getting the best of academic research and activism to build stronger communities. Building on these principles, the three consultations – two in Beijing and one in Ningbo – gathered together 47 trans communities’ members as well as activists and advocates standing at the forefront of trans rights advocacy in China. The work done last year has now become the first qualitative inquiry into the lives of trans people in country, with particular focus on legal gaps, which complicate the lives of trans people in the country. Seven main topics of health, family, education, employment, legal issues, social attitudes and capacity building needs are examined in depth.
The report is finished with a set of recommendations for organizations working on trans issues both nationally and internationally. We also provide a list of trans-led organizations that wanted to be mentioned in the report, and the hard for of which is pushing the boundaries of gender binaries in China on a day to day basis.
To read the report in English, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Voices from Trans Communities in China as subject and introduce yourself in a couple of sentences.
*We understand that “trans” is not a binary of gender identities but rather a spectrum. We also do recognize that whilst some people do not identify with the North European label of “trans”. In our best effort to be inclusive to all identities, “trans” is used as an umbrella term for all gender identities ascending gender assigned at birth.