Desperately under the Radar of State Censorship: Chinese LGBTQ* Communities and Social Media Usage (en)

China is mostly known for its restrictive Internet censorship, but a unique ecosystem of apps has been sprouting in lieu of all the European services that are inaccessible. One group that has been making use of these services is China's LGBTQIA* community, which navigates a highly conservative society using smartphones.

This talk will be based on research conducted in Shanghai in April 2016 and in Beijing in January 2017. After an overview of the situation of Chinese LGBTQIA* individuals in cities and rural areas, it will focus on the institution of "xinghun" (fake marriages between women and men identifying as lesbian, gay or bi) and how the community has been using technology to facilitate them.