The government are not prepared and experienced in handling various social problems.
This time we have more initiative with our own claims and beliefs. The festival is not simply an event of exhibitions but a specific allegation that we are not doing something without proper support. We have done a lot of things deep, meaningful, far-sighted and persisting.
China's a socialist country and, like in the Soviet Union before us, many subjects cannot break through in this system.
As for the festival Surely we will have a second one next year and a bigger one, possibly throughout the country.
The attitude towards homosexuality in China is to keep one eye open and another closed on the issue. You can do something related to the topic if the eye is closed to give you an acquiescent pass, and, of course, the same is true vice-versa.
But all these are on a civil level and spontaneous, the work of mavericks. Such civil culture is often regarded as sub-mainstream, sub-culture, wild and sometimes dangerous so it is pushed aside instead of getting adequate approval.
Our committee is not a chaired committee as each member has equal power. That's why we split over the discussion about whether we should inform the printed media early or not. In the end we decided to inform the press a few days ahead of the festival.