Nutong Xueshe (NTXS)
Registered with the Hong Kong Police Force as a non-governmental organization under the “Society Ordinance” on 2 September 2005, NTXS is a volunteer-run, education and cultural advocacy collective for and by members from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Hong Kong.
We aim to raise public awareness on issues of sexuality, to facilitate self-empowerment of marginalized communities, to encourage multi-leveled dialogue in society around taboo subjects, and to advocate for greater equality between peoples of different genders and sexualities.
The founders and volunteers of NTXS came from diverse class backgrounds , and have had long term experiences working with NGOs in Hong Kong and abroad.
During 2005-2009, we have organized more than 100 workshops, forums and seminars, numerous exhibitions, published two booklets, participated in more than 15 marches and 20 petitions, and launched five websites. A book edited by NTXS on Hong Kong Tongzhi Art is forthcoming in 2010.
Our first website, Rainbow Station, launched in 2005, is a self-help resource centre which contains more than 250 articles written by LBGTIQ and Tongzhi peoples on issues such as intimacy, human rights, coming out, safer sex, differences and religious beliefs. It also provides an extensive list of links to hotlines and websites of other LBGTIQ groups locally and in the region. We launched GDotTV in 2008, the first Tongzhi online television in Hong Kong. GDOT360, a Game Centre to explore and highlight issues of sexuality in a fun form targeted to a younger audience was launched in the same year, and NoCensorshipHK.com was launched in 2009 specifically to counter censorship. A liberal studies teaching website on Tongzhi topics was launched in 2010 catered for secondary school teachers.
Board of Directors
She is currently teaching gender studies in China. She is the Hong Kong representative (2008-10) of the Organizing Committee of the "Chinese Lala Alliance" and the editor and illustrator of Lunar Desires: Her first same-sex love in her own words (in Chinese, 2001, Hong Kong), the first collection of women’s self-narratives of same-sex desires in Hong Kong. Her academic papers are published in E-Journal on Hong Kong Cultural and Social Studies 2 (September 2002), Journal of Lesbian Studies, 10(3/4, 2006), AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in the Asia-Pacific (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Mainstreaming Gender(Chinese University Press, forthcoming), As Normal as Possible: Negotiating Sexualities in Hong Kong and China (Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming), etc. She and James Welker are guest editors of “Of Queer Import(s): Sexualities, Genders, and Rights in Asia”, a special issue for Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context (Issue 14, 2006).
Lam Oi Wan
She is the current chairperson of Hong Kong In-Media, a major online alternative media for social movements in Hong Kong. She is working part time as Northeast Asia editor at globalvoicesonline, and also teaches an undergraduate course on Cyberpolitics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has experience as professional journalist, managing editor and NGO organizer.
Jo Wai-yee Lee
She is the Chairperson of Society for the Study of Sexualities and Sex-pol, she is currently a PhD candidate for gender studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Active in sexual politics and anti-censorship movement, she is a pro-sex feminist and an erotic writer. She is a part-time lecturer teaching MA courses including “Gender Theory” & “Gender and Family” in Gender Studies Programme in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She teaches an undergraduate course “Human Sexuality” in Department of Social Work in University of Hong Kong. Jo is a certified sex therapist and clinical hypnotherapist, qualified with Postgraduate certificate in Sex Therapy, M.Phil in Anthropology and M.Soc.sc in Youth Counselling, and she is the director of Hong Kong Sex Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre. She was the chief coordinator of a LGBT-friendly book project - “Safe and Caring Schools for Lesbian and Gay Youth: A Teacher's Guide”(Chinese translation version for Hong Kong educators).
He teaches MA in Gender Studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a certified sex therapist and is the director of Hong Kong Sex Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre. He also works in the field of GLBT counseling and AIDS prevention. He was the chief investigator of "Narrating Dangerous Sexual Choice: A Qualitative Research on Men-have-sex-with-men Practicing Un/safe Sex in Hong Kong” (funded by AIDS Trust Fund, the Department of Health of Hong Kong). Moreover, Verdy is a visual artist and an Assistant Professor of Ikebana. He has won some visual art awards throughout the years, e.g. First-runner-up and Second-runner-up in Oriental Flower Arrangement Competition in Hong Kong Flower Show, and Silver Award in Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Award.
She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Her teaching and research interests include: gender and sexuality;
qualitative research method; and sociological theory. She participated
in "Hong Kong Women Who Have Same-Sex Desires Oral History Project"
(funded by Home Affairs Bureau of Hong Kong, 2004) and conducted a
research study of Hong Kong youth's un/safe (hetero)sexual behavior
(funded by Council for the AIDS Trust Fund, 2008).
siu CHO (Nutong Xueshe Executive Co-Director)
He is currently a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is one of the best known and active Hong Kong gay activists in the past few years. He was one of the three interviewees of “Tongzhi Lovers” produced by Radio Television Hong Kong, which was “strongly advised” by the Broadcasting Authority for promoting homosexual marriage, and is the only plaintiff in a legal action of judicial review against the Broadcasting Authority on this incident. The court case successfully stroke down the discriminatory decision by the Broadcasting Authority and set another powerful precedent for LBGTQ equal rights before law. He has appeared in a number of media interviews himself, with his brother (who is a devoted Christian) or with his mother on issues about homosexuality and cultural studies, Christianity and family relationships. Since the founding of Nutong Xueshe, he has been a prolific gay writer for newspaper columns as well as publications by LGBT groups, and was the gay radio co-host for a web radio programme on LGBT social movement with members of Women’s Coalition Hong Kong. His research interests include the historical development of local tongzhi movement, sex education and pornography, etc. Joseph Cho serves as a non-paid executive co-director for NTXS and has been involved in NTXS for 4 years since its establishment. Joseph Cho is now only living on his studentship.
Vice (Nutong Xueshe Executive Co-Director/ GDotTV Director)
Being pissed off by gay bashing homophobic religious right groups in 2005, she founded NTXS together with 6 other members. She believes the use of new media tools for the purpose of social actions. She holds a Master in Fine Art degree in Creative Media and is now a video and animation instructor. She has founded a multimedia production company in 2009, producing videos, animation and flash games.
Mo (GDotTV Instructor )
She has been working in the media since graduated from the Baptist University. With almost ten years of experience in video production, she is especially interested in documentary. In additional to local documentaries, She has filmed in Cambodia and Macau. She also has experience filming various protests and parades, such as Macau Labour day protest, 5th annual IDAHO, 1st and 2nd HK Pride. She has received Jury Special Awards from The 9th Independent Short Film & Video Awards and Aspiring Young Communicators from The 2nd Chang Kuo-sin Award.
Joey Chung (GDotTV Committee Member)
Having graduated with a Cultural Studies BA from Hong Kong's Lingnan University, Joey has always paid close attention to matters relating to sex and sexual orientation; her final thesis included topics which related to homosexuality. In 2008 she was admitted to NTXS as an intern and worked hard to serve the LGBTQ community; at present she is a committee member of NTXS. Joey has volunteered in several activities and events that were related to sex and sexual orientation, such as the Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival and IDAHO. Joey began helping G Dot TV in producing programs in 2008, and in 2010 took on the role of group leader for the film and video production training classes of Project G.
Doo (GDotTV Group Leader)
Siu Ming (GDotTV Group Leader)
Doo joined Project G in 2009 as a volunteer, and participated in production for several GDotTV documentary short videos. In 2010 she became one of the group leaders for Project G; Despite not having any special talents, Doo still aspires to help with what she can for the LGBTQ community and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ community through NTXS.
With a definite passion in short film production, Siu Ming joined Project G in 2009, participating in production for several GDotTV documentary shorts in the past. At the same time Siu Ming became a volunteer for NTXS, and became a group leader for Project G in 2010. Siu Ming hopes to use film as a channel to reach out to a greater crowd and to educate them more regarding the LGBTQ community.
Eleanor (Meditation Group Committee Member)
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada and is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), conducting a research on transgender issues. She is a committee member and a hotline counsellor for Queer Sisters, a local queer women’s group founded since 1995, and is one of the production team members for the production of a counselling educational kit (DVD and handbook) titled "How to work with sexual minorities" (2009). She is a member of Transgender Equality and Acceptance Movement (TEAM), and has participated as a panel moderator and speaker for talks and workshops on transgender issues. She is also a founding member of HKqUeercampus, a LGBT student group at HKU, and is one of the organisers of a pioneering talk on workplace diversity at local university by the Lehman Brothers’ Gay and Lesbian Network, a workshop session on Diversity of Love (co-organising with HKU’s Centre of Development and Resources for Students), and a Pride Week on campus (2008), with a variety of activities, including film show, talks and playback theatre. While she was in the United Kingdom, she was an Establishment Contact for GALIPS (Support network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Prison Service staff) (2004 – 2005).
Eleanor organises a LGBTQ meditation group which gathers regularly to foster community support and bonding, and sharing of spirituality topics.
Mandy (Project Coordinator)
Having her birthday on the same date as GDotTV, she is interested in every aspect of lesbianism, especially care about LGBT news. Witnessing the society full of objections towards homosexuals, main stream media often attacks, teases or bullies non-heterosexual (sexual minorities), injecting fear and negativity for kids to come out to their parents…… All of the above are very worrying, she contributes to the LGBT movement by being part of NTXS.
Besides helping the LGBT community, she has been an active volunteer of several community services for over 15 years serving the underprivileged, for examples the blinds, elderly, children with autism and children with mental retardation. Apart from being just a volunteer, she also organized training workshop to train younger volunteers.
Quncy(Photography Group Committee Member)
As a photography enthusiast, he captures the society with his camera. He also has passion in history and culture. Having joined NTXS's Photo Sharing Group for nearly a year, he has researched and organized photo shooting trips to old districts. Wanting to get to know different cultures and groups to widen his photographic scope and subjects was the reason for him to join NTXS. “Having been here for a year, it feels like a fellowship, I have met many good friends here. No one needs to hide themselves here, and I am not afraid of talking about my participating in LGBT organization and activities. I hope I can set an example, be part of the movement, the day when sexuality would not be a matter.”
Febe (Photography Group Committee Member)
Female photographer. Loving sensational persons and stuffs, she feels that the world is big and unlimited, the unexpectedness of life and learning process is endless… She enjoys visual arts, photography, movies, painting, videos and traveling, etc. She has a passion in artistic photographic arts, searching for graphic and emotional expression. She has won numerous awards in photographic competitions. She participated in many NTXS activities, such as GDotTV, In / Out – Hong Kong Tongzhi Art and photo sharing group.
Joey Lo(Photography Group Committee Member)
Female photographer. Enthusiastic in professional photography shooting, sometimes she goes in front of the camera too. She has a special feminine sense in shooting both portraits and objects. Having joined Photo Sharing Group for almost a year, she has organized studio lighting portrait shooting activity for the group.