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April 10, 2015

China is changing for the better for the gay community, but trans people are still marginalized. Tingting Shen of Asia Catalyst reveals more

In a rapidly changing China, the gay community is becoming more visible, recognized, and accepted by the general public. The transgender community, however, remains extremely marginalized and face extreme stigma and discrimination.

Transgender people are neglected by policy makers, abused by State and non-State actors, and are unable to fulfill a range of rights, including on privacy, legal identity and personal autonomy.

March 23, 2015

From hot air balooning to ziplining, enjoy these breathtaking vistas from above

Once you’ve scoured the markets in Asia, floated in its warm, salty seas and traipsed through its ancient ruins, you’ll no doubt be looking for a more…elevated experience. 

February 5, 2015

Blued gives 10 couples the best Valentines Day's gift ever

Blued is giving 10 gay couples the best gift Valentines Day gift ever.

The Chinese dating app is flying the lovers to the US for a group wedding and seven-day honeymoon.

The We Do! competition is sponsored by e-commerce company Taobao and supported by the Beijing LGBT Center, PFLAG and several Chinese celebrities and academics. These include The Voice of China contestant Momo Wu and sexologist Fang Gang.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

December 26, 2014

Hailed as a landmark victory for LGBTs in China, gay rights activists say they hope the court's decision will help put an end to the practice of 'gay conversion' therapy in the country

In the first case of its kind in China, Beijing's Haidian District People's Court last Friday ruled that the Xinyupiaoxiang Counseling Center in Chongqing had no medical basis to offer a cure for homosexuality.

It ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan (US$560) to Yang Teng who took the case to court after he underwent hypnosis and electric shock treatment after being told by the clinic that it was a safe and effective cure for homosexuality. 

December 19, 2014

Campaigners say this is the last step to stopping Chinese people thinking being gay is a disease

A Chinese court has ordered a clinic that shocked a gay man to 'cure' him to pay compensation.

This ruling is being considered as China's first case involving 'conversion therapy', with campaigners saying it could lead to people to stop thinking homosexuality is a disease.

Beijing's Haidian District People's Court ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560, €458) to 30-year-old Yang Teng, who said he was 'very satisfied with the results'.

November 5, 2014

She led her team to victory the next day

Basketball star Brittney Griner was slashed in a random knife attack on Monday night in China, but did not need to go to hospital.

Griner is playing for a Chinese team during the WNBA off-season. She was leaving practice in Shenyang, in northeast China when a drunk knife-wielding man chased her and three teammates on to their bus.

The Phoenix Mercury center was cut on her elbow but her two thick winter coat prevented a serious injury. She did not need stitches.

One of her teammates was also slashed.

October 1, 2014

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’

It is past 2am in Hong Kong but the fight for democracy politely goes on across the city.

Thousands of protesters sit peacefully on the streets of the Causeway Bay shopping district despite the earlier downpour. The chants of 'Leung Chun-ying, ha toi [step down]' quieten down as gay singer Anthony Wong starts to perform.

He shouts, 'We need to be in unity… it is not just Occupy Central or a student boycott anymore, it has become a citywide movement.'

September 24, 2014

It states: 'A country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement'

After holding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia where there are anti-gay laws, the International Olympic Committee has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city.

The three 2022 candidate cities are Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The IOC came under widespread criticism for allowing the most recent Olympics to be held in Sochi after a series of anti-gay laws were passed in Russia including one that made it illegal to show any kind of public support for homosexuality.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 11, 2014

Three groups sent an open letter to 112 universities asking for corrections to discriminatory teaching materials and gender diversity courses

Three Chinese activist groups sent an open letter to 112 universities demanding better education and protection for LGBTI students in time for yesterday's national Teachers' Day celebrations.

The letter asked universities to correct disciminatory teaching materials and offer gender diversity courses, and was jointly signed by Changsha-based China Same Sex Love (CSSL), Beijing-based LGBT Rights Advocacy China and Nanjing-based anti-discrimination group Justice for All.

September 7, 2014

The marriage is said to the first high-profile same-sex marriage conducted by a foreign diplomatic mission in China

UK's consul-general in Shanghai, Brian Davidson, has married his same-sex partner, Scott Chang, an American citizen, in Beijing on Saturday.

The wedding was held at the official residence of the UK's ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood.

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

May 24, 2014

A long-standing children's charity has been attacked by a conservative group for offering counseling to young people struggling with their sexuality, and supporting the inaugural Pink Dot Hong Kong rally to be held in June

A conservative group called the Justice Alliance has launched an attack on the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong – a long-standing charity that was established in 1936 to work with children and youths – for 'siding with sexual minorities' and 'brainwashing' children by offering counselling to young people struggling with their sexuality, according to a South China Morning Post report on Friday.

May 21, 2014

The 6th annual ShanghaiPRIDE festival, from 13 to 21 June, is sure to out-do last year's epic turnout with film festivals, a Pride Run and loads of love from international supporters

ShanghaiPRIDE organizers are putting the power of the rainbow to the test this year.

Under the theme Better Together, ShanghaiPRIDE organizers are expecting to host their biggest and most publicized event yet, with parties and fundraising activities taking place from 13 to 21 June.

‘After five great years of development, we are really proud and appreciate the LGBT community and its allies coming out as one,’ said organizer Raymond Phang.

May 17, 2014

People voice their support for gay rights in small groups all around the country in defiance of the authorities

With the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown on students around the corner, the Chinese government has been tightening its grip on various rights activists, including LGBTI ones.

Events that could get the greenlight from the authorities are now simply no go.

May 16, 2014

A Beijing court has agreed to hear a complaint about a clinic that promises to turn gay men straight using hypnosis in what Chinese LGBTI activists are calling a breakthrough move

A complaint over a clinic that claims to be able to turn gay men straight using hypnosis in Chongqing, China, will be heard by a court in Beijing.

Activists sought to file complaints against the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Changsha but only the Beijing court decided to hear it.

March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

February 18, 2014

IOC spokesman says countries who do not abide by an anti-discrimination rule could factor in decisions on the bidding process

Russia, and other countries with homophobic laws, could be banned from hosting the Olympics under a proposed new rule.

The International Olympics Committee has responded to calls that countries must abide by a specific anti-discrimination decree modelled on the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6.

Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.

February 15, 2014

LGBT activists stage kiss-in to protest Russia's anti-gay laws and urge Chinese society to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

A small group of LGBT rights activists in Beijing staged a kiss-in protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Beijing on Friday to protest Russia's anti-gay laws and show support for their LGBT comrades to the north.

December 8, 2013

‘Psychologists’ use force, electric shock or even medical operation to convert gays and bisexuals

Two LGBTI campaigners have sent complaint letters about extreme gay conversion treatment found in 10 cities.

The activists reported the malpractice to health and business authorities in cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Changsha on Wednesday (Dec 4), the Chinese news website Tongyulala reported.

December 8, 2013

Hunan bars a gay rights group from registering as Beijing mulls over a nationwide response

China’s Hunan province has rejected a gay rights activist’s application to register his group as a charity organization, citing homosexuality was ‘against spiritual civilization construction’ and ‘in violation of morals’.

The Hunan Provincial Civil Affairs Department’s written reply, dated Nov 29, was ‘the first to spell out such a stance in an official document’, according to Xiang Yuhan.

‘It is discrimination against homosexuality,’ he said.

This came despite a pledge from the ruling Community Party to stimulate the vitality of social organizations.

September 26, 2013

Asian workplace diversity non-profit Community Business has launched a guide to help businesses in China better understand the needs of their LGBT employees so that they can get the most out of their skills

A new guide to LGBT inclusion in the workplace was launched yesterday in Beijing with the help of IBM and Goldman Sachs – two recognized global leaders when it comes to supporting their LGBT employees.

The ‘Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees in China’ resource guide was created by Asian workplace diversity non-profit group Community Business and highlights the business case for addressing the needs of LGBT employees and provides the cultural and legal context of LGBT issues in China.

August 19, 2013

A member of a group of lawyers who has petitioned Chinese lawmakers to allow same-sex marriage has suggested that civil unions might be the first step towards that goal

One of ten lawyers who petitioned Chinese lawmakers to allow same-sex marriage in May said over the weekend that introducing civil partnerships might be the first step towards that goal.

Liu Wei, a lawyer with the Beijing-based Angelo Chen Law Office, made the comments at the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) sponsored 2013 China LGBT Community Consultation conference.