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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.

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 3, 2013

2 million Chinese gay men are now using the dating app Blued just a year after it launched, with designers now planning a sister app for lesbians

Chinese language gay dating app Blued has collected 2 million users in its first year since launching and now plans to launch Pinkd to capture the smart phone dating market for Chinese lesbians.

Blued launched in August of 2012 for both Apple and Android devices and as well as allowing users to chat and swap photos it also allows them to share content from Chinese language social media such as Weibo (often dubbed China’s Twitter) and Tencent QQ.

November 21, 2013

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, has received a plea for more tolerance for LGBTIs in China from a group of Chinese mothers with gay children

The wife of People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping has received a letter from a group of Chinese mothers with LGBTI children, urging the Asian superpower to do more to encourage acceptance of LGBTI people in order to combat the spread of HIV.

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan is a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and received the letter from the five women Tuesday.

November 1, 2013

Check out these interesting facts about some of the world’s most popular casinos, along with playing tips from online gaming site Jackpotjoy on how to play the tables 

Most casino gamble is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.

October 19, 2013

Thai trio brings traffic to a standstill with street demonstrations on how to differentiate between a woman and a ‘lady boy’

Even on the streets of China, where lions, dragons and phoenixes dance during festivals and hungry ghosts solicit for food, the trio stops traffic with their spectacular flamboyance.

One is dressed in a red dress with the bodice an imaginative placement of sequins and strings; the second frisks around in a skimpy pink dress that is a cross between a ballerina’s tutu and a swimsuit, while the third wears an eye-popping headgear that looks like a giant octopus, a smug smile, and very little else.

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 30, 2013

Heterosexual sex, not gay sex is the largest transmitter of HIV in China according to government health officials

Only 1 in 5 people with HIV in China contracted the virus through unsafe sex with someone of the same sex, with 70 percent of infections spread through heterosexual sex, new health figures reveal.

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention AIDS Center director Professor Wu Zunyou released the figures during National Health and Family Planning Commission hearings this week.

Zunyou said that as of June, China's reported HIV infections were 90% sexual transmissions while nearly 9% of cases were from intravenous drug use.

August 18, 2013

Couples come out publicly on Qixi, the Chinese Valentine’s Day in August, when there is increasing acceptance of ‘all Chinese lovers’

Double of anything holds out the promise of more, including more diversity and greater acceptance of it.

So it’s perhaps no surprise that the traditional Chinese Double Seven Festival, celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar – which generally falls in August – has a special place for gay couples.

This year’s celebration of the festival, also known as Qixi or the Chinese Valentine’s Day, on 13 August, saw the media acknowledging same-sex couples’ rights to express their love like any other heterosexual pair.

August 18, 2013

Love in the air and parties on the way as Wellington approves same-sex marriages from Monday, with nearly three dozen couples ready to say they do

There is love in the air, parties on the way and a rush to pack suitcases as New Zealand makes history Monday when nearly three dozen couples will say they do with the government approving same-sex marriages.

New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs said 31 weddings were scheduled to take place. However, the number can go up given the intense interest and excitement at home and afar.

The department said 977 marriage forms were downloaded ahead of the historic day, which means three times as usual.

August 14, 2013

A 90-year-old grandmother has become a hit on the internet after calling for her gay grandson to be allowed to marry in a video for PFLAG China and expressing her hopes he will find a boyfriend

A 90-year-old woman has become an unexpected internet hit in China after her video calling for equal rights for her gay grandson went viral.

‘I am 90 years old,’ the grandmum says in the video, 'My grandson is gay.

‘He treats me very well and he is sensible. I love him [and] I hope he can find a boyfriend and have a happy life. I hope the government can support him.'

During the video she holds up a sign which says in Chinese, ‘we urge the legalization of same-sex marriages.’

August 8, 2013

Events by PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) China reach out to LGBT people and parents in more isolated cities

LGBT people and their parents spoke about their experiences at the first PFLAG China meeting in Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province last week.

The event last Saturday (3 August) was part of a series reaching out to isolated LGBT people and their parents in third-tier cities in China.

'It was a part of a series of conferences that PFLAG China puts on that are primarily meant to facilitate communication between parents of LGBTs and the children themselves,' said Brian Inlow, an American working for PFLAG China, to Gay Star News.

July 24, 2013

Beijing’s LGBT Center has released a short documentary on its work to celebrate the organization’s 5th anniversary

The Beijing LGBT Center has produced a 14 minute documentary about the organization’s work and trials and tribulations during its first 5 years to celebrate its 5th anniversary.

In the video, ‘From Me to We – 5 Years with the Beijing LGBT Center,’ staff and volunteers talk about what the Beijing LGBT Center means to them and the experiences that have touched them during their time with the center.

July 11, 2013

China’s Vice-Premier Wang Yang has joked that America and China are married in their interests – but not gay married

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang said on Wednesday that the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America is like a marriage – but not a same-sex marriage - during a press conference with US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew for the annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

‘In China when we say a pair of new people, we mean a newlywed couple,' Yang said of himself and Lew according to The Guardian.