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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 5, 2014

Survey shows 75% of young people in China prefer to date virgins

An overwhelming majority of Chinese young people are fine with gay people, according to a recent survey.

About 87% of respondents said they accepted gay people, compared to 13% who said they did not understand homosexuality.

The survey was conducted by internet giant Baidu, the Chinese version of Google and Wikipedia, and asked 7,000 internets users born in the 1990s their views on love, friendship, consumption, family and employment.

September 1, 2014

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001

Four in ten Chinese university textbooks still teach that homosexuality is a mental illness even though it was removed from China's official list of mental disorders in 2001, according to a recent report.

The Gay and Lesbian Campus Association in China (GLCAC) decided to conduct a survey of psychology textbooks after students started uploading photos of their erroneous texts to social media.

The survey of 90 books found that 42 had content related to homosexuality, of which 40% of those written after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a mental illness.

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.’

August 8, 2014

A new study has found that gay friendliness pays a big part in Chinese LGBTI people’s purchasing choices, suggesting businesses who court them as customers will do well

The first ever China Pink Market Conference was held on Thursday in Shanghai and heard that LGBTI Chinese consumers vote with their feet when it comes to deciding which companies to do business with, with gay friendliness an important factor when it comes to choosing where to shop.

Market research company Community Marketing & Insights found that 53% of respondents in its First Annual China LGBT Community Survey indicated that ‘support [for] LGBT political causes and laws have the biggest impact on influencing their purchasing decisions.’

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

May 27, 2014

'I certainly felt shamed from both sides. You should be who you are and proud'

When Evan Rachel Wood showed up earlier this month to perform at a benefit for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, she reflected on why she decided to publicly declare herself bisexual in 2012.

'There's this weird stigma about it and I'm hoping to kind of end that because soooooooo many people are bisexual,' she told Gay Star News in an interview. 'There are many of them out there.'

The 26-year-old actress is married to British actor Jamie Bell and was previously engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson.

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.

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.

May 16, 2014

This is the first time a China court has reportedly taken up a lawsuit against a 'gay cure' organization

A gay man is to sue a Chinese clinic after doctors tried to turn him straight with hypnosis.

A Beijing court has agreed to hear the case and is reportedly the first time a court in China has taken up a suit against a ‘gay cure’ organization.

Xinyu Piaoxiang, the clinic in Congqing, offered the ‘gay conversion’ hypnosis treatment to the man involved.

The plaintiff alleges that not only did the treatment not work, he is now suffering from significant psychological damage.

May 13, 2014

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You will need to be an experienced and qualified journalist with a good understanding of LGBTI lives and ideally contacts in Asia and Australasia.

Ideally you will be located in China or South East Asia and have a proven track record in digital journalism. Excellent written and spoken English is obviously a must but if you are bilingual or multilingual with Chinese, you will really stand out.

April 11, 2014

A gay man in a fake marriage has bought a boy from a trafficking ring to please his parents

Police in China has arrested a gay man and seven other people for crimes related to child trafficking, saving three baby boys, according to local media.

The gay man, identified only by his surname Huang, works and lives in Guangdong province. He came under police radar after signs surfaced that he had purchased a baby boy, reports the Yangcheng Evening News.

March 27, 2014

Private Chinese companies and western firms leading on LGBTI workplace issues but state-owned enterprises still lagging, says organizer

Top Chinese and western firms have met for a summit in Shanghai on how to support LGBTI workers, many of who are still in the closet.

Chinese companies often say they don’t know of any LGBTI staff – but now they are starting to tackle the issues.

The summit today (27 March), thought to be the first of its kind in China, brought together 120 people from around 100 companies, about 10% of which were Chinese.

Among them was HSBC, IBM and Chinese computer company Lenovo but 50 Fortune 500 firms were represented.

March 16, 2014

Five men are charged with ‘group licentiousness’, after police bust a gay club with 2800 members

Police in Guangzhou, China have raided a gay ‘club’ in a rented apartment, according to state media.

In the midnight crackdown, the authorities caught a total of 13 men, some of them naked, reports China Youth International.

Police were first notified of the venue, after residents nearby suspected the large number of strangers frequenting it were brothel patrons.

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 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.

January 25, 2014

Individuals who oppose gay equality should not be appointed to the Committee for Gender Equality, say gay rights groups

Sexuality rights NGOs including the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) have raised their objection to Taiwan’s Ministry of Education’s appointment of individuals who have opposed gay equality and gay adoption to the Committee for Gender Equality. 

January 18, 2014

Police discovers 8 men "naked in a hotel room”, 7 others given "administrative penalties"

The Xuhui District People's Court in Shanghai, China last week sentenced eight men who were “discovered by police naked in a hotel room”, according to a report on the online edition of the state-run Shanghai Dail. The men aged between 20 to 40 are said to have had group sex and were given detention or administrative penalties.

January 18, 2014

Police discovers 8 men "naked in a hotel room”, 7 others given "administrative penalties"

The Xuhui District People's Court in Shanghai, China last week sentenced eight men who were “discovered by police naked in a hotel room”, according to a report on the online edition of the state-run Shanghai Dail. The men aged between 20 to 40 are said to have had group sex and were given detention or administrative penalties.

December 29, 2013

It was an uphill battle in the struggle for LGBTI rights in Asia during 2013, with some small gains but also some major set backs

2013 was a year in which LGBTI rights reforms were more warmly welcomed by many governments across the Asian region, but the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality cast a heavy shadow over the year.

2013 was also a year where new frontrunners emerged in the race to become the first Asian nation legalize same-sex marriage, with Vietnam and Taiwan emerging as strong contenders to become the first to allow same-sex couples to wed.

December 28, 2013

Some 5.6% of respondents admit having been in a same-sex relationship

China's largest dating and marriage website says roughly one out of every 20 university students in the country has had a lover of the same sex.

In an effective poll of 8894 respondents by Jiayuan.com, 5.57 percent admitted being in a gay love at least once, reports news portal Danlan.

A Google expert has also estimated the number of gay men in the United States at roughly 1 in 20.

December 22, 2013

Quentin Lee's public service announcement features a "fake" marriage between a lesbian woman and gay man, he hopes it will go viral on mobile devices

Hong-Kong-Canadian film director Quentin Lee has made a short film highlighting the practice of 'fake' marriages, where a gay man and lesbian woman marry, in China.

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.