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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 25, 2014

Alex Chow and Lester Shum say it is 'difficult' to say whether they are a couple

In the 79 days that protestors occupied various sites in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous city in China saw many intense or even bloody moments.

But many people, especially the young, have rejoiced over the bromance between student leaders Alex Chow and Lester Shum, who head the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the key group behind the protests that ended only earlier this month.

In the first joint interview that they gave, host Stephen Chan, from radio station CRHK, eagerly asked the duo a question many had been hoping for - on air - 'Are you really a couple?'

December 24, 2014

Luka Magnotta admits to the killing but pleaded insanity

A Canadian former gay porn actor yesterday (December) was found guilty of murdering and dismembering a Chinese exchange student and sex partner he met online.

Luka Magnotta, 32, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Jun Lin, 33, after eight days of deliberations.

The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Magnotta was also convicted on four related charges and given the maximum sentence for each, ranging from two to 10 years.

December 23, 2014

Fairy toy comes with a skirt, high heels, wings — and a penis

A fairy toy dubbed 'the world’s first transgender doll' has shocked parents in Argentina who are afraid it could 'influence' their children’s sexuality.

The discount Fashion Happy doll is made in China and comes with a skirt, high heels, decorative fairy wings — and a penis.

It is unknown whether the 'genitalia' is intentional or a factory defect.

Either way, the doll has shocked parents in Argentina after the mother of a three-year-old girl posted a picture of the toy on Facebook that went viral.

December 20, 2014

The respected sexologist and sociologist for the first time revealed details of her female-to-male transgender partner of 17 years in her blog

In what has been described as a surprise revelation and which has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely overlooked transgender community, prominent LGBT rights activist and sexologist on Thursday revealed that she is in a long-term relationship with a transgender man.

December 8, 2014

New rules imply that any host city will have to prove they do not actively discriminate against gay people

The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December).

Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.'

December 5, 2014

Survey finds 21% of respondents know someone who is LGBTI

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals' first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from 21 November 26 November with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

December 1, 2014

WHO issues a call to action after new data shows nearly half a million people in the country are living with HIV

The World Health Organization has issued a call to action to China after government figures revealed nearly half a million people were living with HIV and 25% of new cases were among gay men.

A total 497,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in China, with 154,000 deaths, since the country's first case in 1985, according to National Health and Family Planning Commission data released yesterday (30 November).

There were 87,000 new diagnoses on the mainland in the first 10 months of this year, more than 90% of which were sexually transmitted.

November 19, 2014

Tongzhi can mean 'comrade' or 'gay' in Chinese

The Chinese Communist Party has told its members to continue calling each other 'comrade' despite the word's second meaning - 'gay.'

The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Among the 487 regulations to remain is a 49-year-old diktat that members call each other 'comrade,' the egalitarian form of address preferred by Communists.

November 6, 2014

'Same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft law in 2012

LGBTI activists delivered a letter to Macanese government headquarters yesterday demanding domestic violence laws include gay couples.

The city's first LGBTI rights group, Rainbow of Macau, was founded after 'same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft domestic violence law in November 2012.

November 6, 2014

Patrick Reed calls himself a 'faggot' after missing a shot and it's all captured on live television

Pro golfer Patrick Reed missed several putts during the opening hole of a tournament in Shanghai, China today and chided himself with an anti-gay slur.

The WGC-HSBC Champions tournament was being televised live by Golf Channel and Reed could be heard saying: 'Nice fuckin' three-putt you fuckin' faggot.'

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.

November 3, 2014

Blued has 15 million users compared with Grindr's 5 million

Chinese gay dating app Blued has raised US$30 million from venture capital firm DCM in a Series B round of funding.

Earlier this year, the company received RMB10 million ($1.6 million) in Series A financing from Crystal Stream.

CEO of Blued Geng Le said, 'In 16 months, Blued has completed three rounds of financing and our valuation far exceeds that of some heterosexual social products.

'Our development can make more people to see the value of the gay internet, as well as the diversity and progress of Chinese society.'

October 27, 2014

Helen Belcher, trans activist, is considering legal action against firms that filter out LGBTI content

At the end of 2013, internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK bowed to government pressure and agreed to introduce default filtering.

Immediately there were reports that a number of LGBT sites were being blocked. With this in mind, Julian Huppert MP convened a meeting in Parliament in January 2014 to discuss issues around internet filtering.

September 30, 2014

Rainbow Families Hong Kong was set up by LGBTI parents seeking to connect and network with one another. Two of the parents involved talked to GSN about the group and expat life in the city

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most unique – and densely-populated – cities. Between 1842 and 1997, it was operated under British colonial rule, but is now an autonomous region of China.

Generally, residents have enjoyed a more liberal standard of living when compared to elsewhere in China. The region has acted as a magnet for big business and corporate-employed expats – including LGBTI people.

Reflecting trends elsewhere, same-sex parents are becoming more commonplace.

September 26, 2014

The Lady Gaga darling takes GSN readers around the world in seven questions, and on one epic sky dive in the music video for her new single Glitter in the Sky

Kitty Brucknell may not have made it to the finals of X Factor, but the bubbly singer did end on a high note.

Lady Gaga came out on stage during Brucknell's elimination, gave her a huge hug and escorted her off the stage for some post-performance drinks.

Brucknell was always connected to Lady Gaga. Her audition number for X Factor was Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory, and many drew comparisons between the contestant's 'Diva Glam Pop' style to the Bad Romance singer's flamboyant persona.

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 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.’