Artist Profile: Gou Qi

cat peering out of cave

Gou Qi (Pronouns: he / they / 他) is a genderqueer immigrant who has lived in Redmond for many years. They create digital art inspired by traditional East Asian brush painting.

You can find his cat pictures on Redbubble.


Dealing with stereotypes as a non-Western LGBTQ individual

I had no closet to come out of. My parents were aware of my queerness since I was a child. In retrospect, people outside my friends/family circle treated me unkindly because of their implicit bias, but I had NEVER been called a slur because of my same-sex attraction or gender expression. And I had never heard of anti-LGBTQ violence before I came to the United States.

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Books about the history of homosexuality in East Asia

Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China (Available through the King County Library System)

Love of the Samurai: A Thousand Years of Japanese Homosexuality  (Translation of 本朝男色考 – 男色文献書誌 by 岩田 準 Iwata Junʼichi)

Male Colors: The Construction of Male Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan

The Great Mirror of Male Love (translation of 男色大鏡  by 井原 西鶴 Ihara Saikaku, published in 1687)

“Cat in Taihu Rock”

Cat peering out of hole in rock. Birds are perched on the rock.

“Autumn Cat”

cat lying on grass, surrounded by fall leaves

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