As Americans honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama delivered an inauguration speech that mentioned Stonewall, more than 20 LGBT community activists from China gathered in the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Highland Annex in Hollywood. All graduates of the Center’s Emerging Leaders Program, they came together for an intensive advanced training that lasted nearly three weeks.
All of these activists previously visited L.A., usually in groups of about four, for Center internship designed to hone their skills. They’ve put those skills to good use in China, where they are pioneers in a young LGBT movement–a movement often compared to the U.S. movement 30 years ago. But though they are tied to one another through their past connection with the Center, and some have collaborated on initiatives in China, bringing the whole group together for deep discussions about their work was unprecedented. They do diverse work in different parts of China.
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