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June 10, 2015

The Mayor of West Hollywood officiated at a mass wedding event for gay couples who had won a competition run on Chinese social media

Seven same-sex couples from China flew to Los Angeles earlier this week to enjoy something that they can only dream about at home: a marriage ceremony.

The weddings took place yesterday at 9am at the City Council Chambers in the local public library and were officiated by the Mayor of WeHo, Lindsey P. Horvath.

The couples had entered and won a ‘We Do’ competition run by gay social app Blued, in conjunction with Taobao – the Chinese equivalent of eBay. The prize was an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to take part in the event.

June 9, 2015

Geng Le is the creator and CEO of Danlan and Blued – China’s leading gay web portal and social app

Seven same-sex couples from China have been flown to the US to take part in a mass wedding ceremony on the steps of the West Hollywood Library in Los Angeles this morning (9 June).

The event is taking place just ahead of the Los Angeles Pride festival commences.

The couples (pictured below) were chosen in a contest run by Blued, a social app owned by Danlan, China’s most widely-read gay web portal; in conjunction with Taobao – a mainstream website that has been dubbed China’s answer to eBay.

May 28, 2015

An impressive multi-media exploration of identity, race, and belonging

Hetain Patel delivers a personal and humorous exploration of identity in his new show American Boy at Sadler's Wells theatre in London.

An accomplished impressionist, in this show Patel uses many voices but never his own.

May 15, 2015

Admits to killing another male lover in 2000

A man has been arrested in China for murdering his 15-year-old boyfriend after he said he had a girlfriend.

The 30-year-old man, only identified by his surname Huang, also admitted to killing another male lover 15 years ago.

Huang moved to Guangzhou early last year to work in a restaurant and quickly started dating a teenage colleague surnamed Liao.

In China, the age of consent is 14, regardless of sexual orientation.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

April 27, 2015

The Shanghai event attracted several Fortune 500 companies and around 400 LGBT job seekers

What is believed to have been China’s first LGBT job fair took place on Saturday.

The event was organized by WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals as part of its second, annual LGBT Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Conference.

Both the conference and job fair – held in conjunction with Kanzhun.com – took place at the Langham Xintiandi Shanghai.

Organizers say that around 200 HR leaders and LGBT employees attended the conference, and around 400 LGBT Chinese job-seekers attended the job fair, which featured 17 Fortune 500 companies.

April 25, 2015

Teams of four were to race to six bars, proceeds to benefit the Beijing LGBT Center, a non-profit, community-based organization

The Gaymazing Poker Race, that was to be held this afternoon, has been cancelled at the last minute after the Beijing LGBT Center was visited by the authorities on Thursday night, reported The Beijinger.

The race involves teams of four racing around to six different hutong (lane) bars from Great Leap Brewing, a microbrewery, to get a full hand of poker dealt to them between 1.30 and 5pm today.

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 13, 2015

Receives more than 190,000 mostly supportive comments on social media

A national model citizen who took care of her sick mother for 15 years has made headlines again in China after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

Winnie Liu, 28, said she felt 'more complete' after finishing the more than 20 procedures on 8 April.

Her announcement sparked debate in the conservative country, attracting more than 190,000, mostly supportive, comments on Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

'She looks pretty,' one person wrote. 'It’s two totally separate issues between being a model citizen and changing gender.'

April 10, 2015

Find out what it takes to be shortlisted for an Asia LGBT Milestone Award

Business is at the heart of securing positive change for LGBTI people in Asia.

They sponsor pride parades and festivals, try to support their gay and trans staff, and even change hearts and minds.

Here are the 11 organizations shortlisted for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

100 judges are now choosing the final winners who will be announced at a ceremony in Bangkok on 14 April with tickets available here.

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.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

March 24, 2015

Doctors say he could have died if he had gone without food much longer

A 20-year-old Chinese man was imprisoned and nearly starved to death by his sugar daddy who did not want any hassle after he left the younger man.

The younger man, surnamed Liu, was locked in the apartment his lover rented for him in Chongqing for five days.

The term 'sugar daddy' started trending on Chinese social media after Chinanews.com broke the story.

Neighbors reported Liu to police after they saw him lying on the balcony, initially mistaking him for a thief.

Police arrived at the scene and rushed Liu to hospital.

March 16, 2015

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A medical student has become an internet sensation in China after photos of him selling sanitary napkins in drag went viral.

Liu Dengjun, 20, a third-year sudent at Luzhou Medical College in Sichuan province, said dressing as a woman allowed him to get closer to his customers and experience the many inconveniences in a girl's life.

He wears a dress, simple make-up and high-heel shoes to promote his online sanitary napkins delivery service, which he said makes RMB10,000 to 20,000 a month.

March 12, 2015

BodyAware offers some more adventurous options for let their underwear do the talking.

Established in 1988 in the small English village of Trowbridge, BodyAware has found a niche in the highly competitive men's underwear market.

We caught up with founders Kristina and David Bonfield to find out why men's underwear is coming over all sexy.

How did you make the move into starting an underwear business?

March 2, 2015

Letters are posted ahead of the country's annual legislative sessions

The father of a gay man has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

Lin Xianzhi, 61, said he hoped that his proposal would help secure equal rights for gay couples, including medical care, inheritance and property.

His son, Xiaotao, came out as gay in 2011 and has been with his partner for three years.

'There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,' Lin said. 'But my child can't get married, that's not fair.'

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 20, 2015

Concerned citizens report sounds of a struggle coming from a park restroom

Police last week were called to a park in China to break up a fight after concerned citizens reported sounds of a struggle coming from a public toilet.

But when officers arrived at the scene, they found a physical encounter of a very different kind and nearly arrested two men for having violent sex in one of the cubicles.

According to the Fuzhou Evening News, one of the men, surnamed Chen, was strolling in a park in Fujian province at night when a man in his 40s asked him if he wanted to try gay sex.

February 17, 2015

An estimated 30 million Chinese people are in the closet

A Valentine's Day ad campaign is urging the estimated 30 million closeted Chinese people to come out.

The ads, which appeared on social media Friday (13 February), show gay couples relaxing at home.

The text beside the photos reads: 'Love is not a choice. We did not choose to be homosexual. We just are. Happily, the world is big enough for all of us.'

David Li, one of the lead organizers of the China LGBT Awareness Campaign, said he hoped the ads would generate a public conversation about LGBTI issues in China and encourage people to come out.

February 15, 2015

Ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays next week, PFLAG China has launched a short film to promote family reunions between parents and their gay children

A touching short film, which tells the story of a young gay man who became estranged from his parents after coming out, and eventually being accepted by them years later, has gone viral with over 100 million views.

January 27, 2015

Lawyer says the case 'will definitely have an impact' on LGBTI rights

A Chinese court last week heard the first workplace discrimination lawsuit in the southern city of Shenzhen, a case that could have far-reaching implications.

The plaintiff said he was fired from the design company he worked for a week after he was outed as gay in a viral online video.

'We're very optimistic,' Liu Xiaohu, a lawyer for the plaintiff, told AFP, adding that the case 'will definitely have an impact' on views of LGBTI rights in China.

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.