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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.

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.