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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.'

May 17, 2014

People voice their support for gay rights in small groups all around the country in defiance of the authorities

With the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown on students around the corner, the Chinese government has been tightening its grip on various rights activists, including LGBTI ones.

Events that could get the greenlight from the authorities are now simply no go.

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.

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 1, 2014

He didn't get a response after sending 100 letters to lawmakers last year, so he roped in 20 other students to send 2,900 more letters this time

Liang Wenhui, a graduate student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and founder of Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance, with the help of other students wrote and posted 3,000 individually-addressed letters to individual deputies of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) last week urging them to legalize same-sex marriage.

Twenty-two students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are said to have spent five and half hours stuffing the letters in the envelopes, piling them into four big boxes before taking them to the post office.

January 18, 2014

The news program which is meant to investigate the rising rate of HIV infections among young Chinese instead featured hidden camera footage and dialogue between a sex worker and an undercover reporter in a hotel room

Gay rights groups are demanding an apology after a TV station aired hidden camera footage of a male sex worker meeting with a male undercover reporter in a hotel room in Guangzhou.

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.

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.

May 18, 2013

LGBT rights advocates have been detained in at least two cities in China while engaging in IDAHO activities

LGBT rights advocates were detained in at least two Chinese cities when celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Officers detained about a dozen LGBT advocates who were handing flyers about IDAHO in a busy mall in downtown Guangzhou, yesterday (17 May) afternoon.

April 20, 2013

Many passers-by don’t know how to respond but a few approach the ‘newly-weds’ for photos and to show support

A lesbian couple has held a ‘wedding’ in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to welcome Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and her wife.

The couple identified as Xiaoyang and Xiaoxiao went to Guangzhou’s High Street Wednesday morning (17 April) in white wedding gowns holding hands and kissing, Yang Cheng Evening News reports.

April 17, 2012

Gay Star News speak to the director of a recent production of The Vagina Monologues in Shanghai about feminism and LGBT rights

A production of The Vagina Monologues in Chinese, with specially-written segments relevant to the LGBT community, played to packed audiences in Shanghai last weekend. Gay Star News speak to the director Xiao Yan about Chinese voices are calling more loudly for gay rights than for women’s rights.

Why did you decided to stage The Vagina Monologues in China?

April 10, 2012

Founder of homoerotic fiction site imprisoned and fined, case reveals that most stories were written by young women around 20 years old

The Chinese government has shut down a website that published homoerotic fantasy stories and imprisoned and fined its founder. A surprising aspect of the case was that most of the writers of the explicit gay fiction were women around 20 years old.

The site, that was routed through a server in the US, was created in 2008 and police became aware of it in 2011. It published 1,200 homoerotic stories written by a 30-member team in Shanghai, Guangzhou and other Chinese cities. The youngest writer was a 17-year-old girl.

April 4, 2012

Couples smooch in public for equality in the south China city

Passersby must have thought there was something in the spring air on Beijing Road in Guangzhou, south China on Monday. Multiple same-sex couples let their passions loose in unabashed public smooches to raise awareness about gay life in China.

The ‘kissing festival’ was organised by China Pride. Three couples took part and there was no negative reactions from passersby.

February 24, 2012

An online community called ‘Tong Qi’ is giving voice to the wives of gay men

Unhappy marriages between gays and women have led to questions about the martial laws in mainland China.

In the online community called Tong Qi, as the wife of any gay man is called in Mandarin, an article seeking help has gone viral, reported Guangzhou Daily .