Improve the Living Conditions of LGBT with Joint Efforts of Families and Friends
Founded on June 28, 2008, Trueself/出色伙伴 (formerly PFLAG China – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of China) has more than 7000 LGBT volunteers and more than 1000 volunteers who are families and friends of LGBT in groups located in more than 70 cities throughout China. The organizational mission is to foster the creation of an equal and inclusive environment for sexual and gender-based minorities. To achieve this goal, Trueself has undertaken long-term community empowerment work on LGBT issues in the fields of family, workplace, and health, and has established the Trueself Service System, which encourages LGBT people to embrace their own identity, to facilitate communication and mutual understanding between LGBT and their families and friends, and to improve the social visibility of LGBT people through community dialogues, a helpline, volunteer empowerment, research, and advocacy. Through programs such as the Diversity and Inclusion Forum, lectures and experience sharing in companies, and Mentorship Project, Trueself also aims to create friendly and inclusive workplaces for LGBT people.
In recent years, Trueself has been covered by hundreds of media at home and abroad, including People’s Daily Online (people.cn), Xinhua News Agency, China Youth Daily, ifeng.com, Phoenix TV, Tencent, Sohu, Sina, NetEase News, Southern Metropolis Daily, Guangzhou Daily, Jingbao Daily, China National Radio, Guangzhou Television, Jiangxi Television, Wuhan Television, CNN, BBC, Helan Online (RNW), South China Morning Post and Global Times. These media have presented LGBT people and their families and friends to the public in an authentic and objective manner.
Since 2009, we have held 12 National Conferences for Volunteers, with more than 8,000 attendees in total, including LGBT people, their families and friends.
Since 2012, we have held 50 Regional Conferences for Volunteers in 37 cities, with more than 15,000 attendees in total, including LGBT people and their families and friends.
We have held more than 2000 Sharing Sessions in 120 third-tier and fourth-tier cities, with more than 100,000 attendees in total, including LGBT people and their families and friends. Trueself has extended its reach to new cities in the middle, northwestern, and southwestern provinces.
Leadership Camps of LGBT Supporters
Since 2013, we have held 9 Leadership Camps attended by 100 motivated LGBT supporters altogether, where they underwent trainings on community service to better serve local LGBT communities.
Since 2014, we have held 183 Workshops in 59 cities, attended by 370, families and friends of LGBT people and 3400 LGBT volunteers altogether. They underwent trainings including collaboration, games, acting and multilateral dialogues. After training, they set out to carry out online and offline work of Trueself.
“Getting to Know LGBT” Sharing Sessions
In July 2015, 20 LGBT attended a 3-day training session on public speech. They have been selected to give 100 speeches on “Getting to Know LGBT” in schools, companies and other public places so as to disseminate facts about LGBT and eradicate bias and discrimination.
Bring LGBT Facts into Campus
Trueself has made connections with more than 30 higher education institutions in China and presented over 50 lectures on LGBT issues.
Get Help from Trueself
Trueself National Helpline: 4000-820-211
The helpline opened in February 2012, with 15 parents, 13 therapists and 1 psychological consultation organization providing counseling. During its 9-year service, we have received more than 5,000 calls, of which 16% were from parents.
Service hours of families and friends: 20:30 - 22:30 Monday through Saturday
Psychological counseling: 14:00 - 16:00 every Sunday
Address: Room 211B, Yongtai 1823 Chuanyiyuan, No. 29 Yuanxiatian Road, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China
Tel: 18102586464 (09:30 - 18:00, Tuesday through Saturday)
Official WeChat Account: trueself2008