The project was launched this year in a country where gay sex is illegal, according to Wei. As it is a sensitive topic in that country, he didn’t reveal its name.
According to Wei, he participated in an LGBT-themed meeting hosted in Africa in 2015. There he talked about Queer University with African NGO counterparts. An NGO in that country then invited him to do the trainings.
The NGO helped bring about 10 participants. Money came from a foreign foundation.
“Stepping onto the African continent is beneficial for fostering mutual understanding. Before, it was all about the Western countries spreading their knowledge and experiences. But now we can have this South-South talk which enables us to see each other,” Wei said. He believes that the exchange among the developing countries is more useful as both sides can understand each other better.
The African people Wei’s organization trained felt surprised that China had so many advanced technologies to make LGBT-themed visual works. They found that the interviews with gay parents were particularly instructive.
On the other hand, Wei also thinks his understanding about Africa is too limited. He had developed a stereotypical view of its poverty and backwardness from the media, but now his opinion is changing.
“While gay sex is still illegal, the country’s LGBT NGOs are doing more fundamental things than us. They are even successfully cooperating with some local hospitals. The country is like ‘half sea water and half fire,’” he said.
For Wei, it’s important to have a correct attitude toward charity work in Africa. “Instead of thinking of ourselves