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56 Million and Me @Salon

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About the Salon:

56,000,000 : 1 (56 Million and Me)
Curated by Xu Tong

China's LGBTQ community is the largest in the world...and one of the most suppressed.

The country that has the largest population in the world also has the largest LGBTQ community. That's why LGBTQ issues in China should not be neglected -- a community of at least 56 million. How is it to be LGBTQ in China? What is their living condition? How do they socialize with others?

I, as one of this community, have stories to tell, both joy and sorrow. What is my dream? How do I deal with my life? What have I obtained from my experiences in New York City?

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About the Curator:

Xu Tong lived in China for 23 years, and is now a volunteer working for a non-profit organization based in New York City. He will finish his volunteer job here soon and go back to China. He received a BA Journalism in Ningbo University in east-south of China (close to Shanghai), then went on to attend China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, majoring in Comparative Politics, before coming to the U.S.

For him, the past year has been the most important in his life. Change, both mental and physical, is the keyword of this period. He is always pushing himself to try new things, even with his anxieties. Now, he is almost settled down in his sexuality; he almost has a clear image of his future life; he knows that being authentic and honest are his ultimate goals.

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

Earlier Event: January 29
My Life in the Middle @Salon
Later Event: March 19
Intersections: Race & HIV @Salon