Lawyer and LGBT Rights Advocate
Monday, March 6, 2017
Vanderbilt Hall Room 208
40 Washington Square Park
New York, NY 10012
Born in January 1974, Mr. Dan Zhou is a practicing lawyer based in Shanghai, China. As one of the few Chinese LGBT people who have ever come out to the local, national and international media, he is a pioneering advocate for full and equal recognition of LGBT people’s rights in China. He has been working towards these goals through consulting services, public education, and public policy and legal advocacy in China over the past decade. In addition, he published, in 2009, Pleasure and Discipline: Jurisprudential Imagination of Same-sex Desire in the Chinese Modernity, the ground-breaking monograph in the Chinese language on the dynamics of same-sex desire, law and modernity in China. Meanwhile, he speaks on LGBT rights issues at workshops, seminars and symposia in China, the United States, Germany, and other countries.
Mr. Zhou was profiled in the June 27, 2005 issue of TIME Magazine, in the September 7, 2005 issue of Southern People Weekly (Nan Fang Ren Wu Zhou Kan), in the September 30 issue of China Daily, and in the October 20, 2013 issue of South China Morning Post. In 2006, Equality Forum named Mr. Zhou the recipient of the “11th Annual International Role Model Award.” Equality Forum is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights through education.
Mr. Zhou was a Visiting Scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute and is now pursuing a S.J.D. degree at Harvard Law School. He is a dynamic, perceptive, and humorous speaker. We invite you to join us and check out usali.org for updates and upcoming events!