Interview with Qiuyan Chen


Qiuyan Chen is a young Chinese activist based in London. Her work started in 2013, with a campaign suing the Chinese government for publishing textbooks promoting conversion therapy and describing homosexuality as an illness, and since then she has found Queer China UK,  the network dedicated to promoting links between the Chinese and British LGBT communities. She has also been running a mutual support network during the pandemic for overseas Chinese students trapped in the UK, as well as numerous other projects.


Despite facing threats from her university and the Chinese government, Qiuyan has continued her activism and hopes to encourage and develop a new generation of international activists. I caught up with her over Zoom in February to talk about it.

Film Screening - 'Golden Girls'

Special Screening of Golden Gate Girls:

the untold stories of the first Chinese female film director in America

Released on April 20 in the “Hong Kong, Reimagined” programme as part of the ongoing Chinese Cinema Season, Golden Gate Girls (2013) tells a story about the first Chinese film and fashion icon in Hollywood.



dir. Louisa Wei | 2013 | 90 mins | Documentary | Cantonese, English | Hong Kong SAR

Available between April 20 – May 12

IWD 2021




Online Panel Discussion

Thursday 4 March 2021 at 16.30 to 18.00

Booking link:

( No charge to attend and all are welcome )


IoD City is pleased once again to be leading again on this year’s Celebration of International Women’s Day with our panel discussion on Thursday 45 March 2020 This event is opened to all ( men and women ) who would like to attend. We are delighted that the following groups have been to join us:

  • Women in the Livery, a section of City Livery Club
  • Women Icebreakers of The 48 Group Club
  • The British Malaysian Society
  • PAWA ( Pan Asian Women’s Association ( Charity No 1148405)
  • Mulan Foundation Network ( Charity No 1147252)
  • tve ( Television for the Environment Charity No 326585)