Our video essay focuses on personal liberties in contemporary China, emphasizing the LGBTQ+ community. We chose to explore this topic because it is almost always ignored in the portrayals of China in the western media. Therefore, through this essay we attempted to shed some light on the censorship surrounding the LGBTQ+ movement in China, the legal rights and most importantly, the opinions of gay individuals.
When we sat sail, our main concern – which was enforced even by our professors – was that no one would talk to us about such a delicate topic. However, we were extremely lucky to encounter a few amazingly candid and well-spoken people who shared their thoughts, feelings, and stories with us. Thus, our concerns shifted towards enabling their voices to be heard, while also protecting their privacy. It was particularly challenging to edit the interviews, which tended to be very long, honest, and personal, in a manner that fit a narrower topic and did justice to our “whistle-blowers”.
Our journey took us to gay bars, nice restaurants, and a one-of-a-kind Starbucks, and we discovered that the LGBTQ+ community of Shanghai is much more vibrant and international than we had expected. We invite you to watch our video to get a glimpse! We would also love to answer your questions and read your comments!