Throughout history, homosexuality in China has been accepted, and Emperor Ai of Han even tried to get his lover Dong Xian to inherit the throne
A recent Shanghai circuit party raid, during which partiers attending Heaven were forced to undergo drug testing, has drawn attention to anti-gay policies.
A gay man born in China who has since become an indelibly modern fashion photographer, his shots are revealing, candid and sexy
These homoerotic Chinese-Soviet propaganda posters look more like a gay couple’s vacation pics
An American foreign investment committee has told Chinese company Kunlun that its Grindr ownership is a national security risk
China’s unrelenting campaign to erase LGBTQ people from reality continues with its ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ edit, which cuts at least 10 moments
China of course has a long history of censoring any type of queer content
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Three men have launched a public campaign with three bright red trucks traveling the country
Apparently the latest round of Chinese censorship is to blur any earrings that appear on male TV stars
The museum features 80 dishes from around the world that are considered downright revolting outside the cultures that originated them
The soccer fan was banned from games due to shouting slurs, and a U.S. appeals court has sided with Trump on his trans ban
Hotels these days are nothing if they don’t offer the perfect setting for an Instagram selfie, right?
China is known for many things: its explosive growth over recent decades, its status as “the world’s factory,” its massive population, its food, and more. Unfortunately, LGBT rights are not on this list. For most of the 21st century, homosexual sex was banned in the People’s Republic of China and it wasn’t legalized until 1997. Homosexuality was also on China’s official list of mental illnesses until 2001. And, according to the law, marriage in the PRC is defined as being between a man and a woman.
It’s not surprising then that few Chinese feel comfortable coming out. The Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE), which was conducted on behalf of the UN Development Program, polled over 30,000 respondents in China and found that only 15% of Chinese LGBT people have come out to family and friends, with only 5% coming out in public.
However, the situation is improving. The study revealed that the younger the respondent, the less likely they were to view homosexuality as a pathology, have stereotype-based prejudices, gender binary ideas, or HIV-related stigma.
The legal situation for the Chinese LGBT community is also getting better. Beijing now provides dependent residency status to same-sex partners of legal residents (like expats). And in 2009, Hong Kong’s government gave limited recognition and protection to cohabitating same-sex couples in its Domestic Violence Ordinance.