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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 24, 2013

More than a dozen pair of lovers kiss to bystanders’ applause

Gay couples took the center stage at a Shanghai shopping mall to celebrate Christmas à la the British - kissing under the mistletoe.

At the city’s fashionable pedestrian shopping and dining area Xintiandi, over a dozen pair of gay and lesbian lovers braved the chilling weather to kiss under a giant Christmas Tree Saturday night.

November 6, 2013

Image features Chris Hemsworth cuddling with co-star Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston

Thor wrapping his big strong arms and hammer around a man?

That's the image on an unauthorized poster accidentally used at a Shanghai theater advertising this week's release of Thor: The Dark World.

Fans of the franchise knew something was amiss at first glance.

The superhero, played by Chris Hemsworth, would certainly never be so physically affectionate with his villainous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and their cuddle in the poster is more than brotherly.

June 25, 2013

The 5th annual Shanghai Pride festival has seen the best attendance in the event’s history but participants were still not able to march

The organizers of the 2013 Shanghai Pride Festival have reported the best turnout in the event’s history.

‘Pride5 was amazing,’ organizers wrote in an online statement.

‘We’d like to thank all our sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, and you for making it happen. For the past six months, we’ve busted our behinds for this and we can finally say all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it.

June 19, 2013

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in Shanghai Pride this year, pressurizing three venues not to hold events for the fifth annual week-long festival

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in the fifth Shanghai Pride than ever before.

'All of our venues were contacted by the authorities,' said organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News. 'They questioned whether they had the capacity to house a large crowd.'

After that three venues decided to drop-out from hosting Pride events, causing a last-minute logistical headache, as has happened in previous years.

The authorities (Liu doesn't know what department they were from) also contacted Shanghai Pride's organizers.

June 19, 2013

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in Shanghai Pride this year, pressurizing three venues not to hold events for the fifth annual week-long festival

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in the fifth Shanghai Pride than ever before.

'All of our venues were contacted by the authorities,' said organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News. 'They questioned whether they had the capacity to house a large crowd.'

After that three venues decided to drop-out from hosting Pride events, causing a last-minute logistical headache, as has happened in previous years.

The authorities (Liu doesn't know what department they were from) also contacted Shanghai Pride's organizers.

June 17, 2013

A meeting in Shanghai highlights inequalities and obstacles to LGBT people feeling comfortable enough to come out at work in China

Twenty people gathered in the IBM offices in the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai's second tallest building, today start an effort towards more LGBT inclusion in China's workplaces. 

Business people from multi-national banks, legal firms and pharmaceutical companies met to learn about how to make their workplaces more comfortable for LGBT employees. However no purely Chinese companies showed interest in the topic.

June 14, 2013

Comrade Yue, about the filmmaker's life as a gay coal miner in rural Shanxi province in China, premieres in Beijing next week

A documentary about the life of a gay coal miner in rural Shanxi province in China will premiere next week in Beijing.

Comrade Yue is 'an intimate and artistic portrait' of debut filmmaker Yue Jianbo, who attended a queer film training workshop in March 2012. His idea was one of two chosen to be made into a full-length documentary.

June 7, 2013

Queer Comrades congratulate Changsha Pride for 'courage' after the biggest LGBT pride march in China

Queer Comrades website, China's 'LGBT TV channel', has released a video about last month's pride march in Changsha, Henan province.

It was the biggest LGBT pride parade in China so far, after Changsha Pride debuted on a much smaller scale last year.

Shanghai has had its own pride festival every year since 2009 but without a march, as all demonstrations are heavily cracked-down upon in China.

'Any kind of march will be looked upon as a demonstration, or some sort of protest,' said Shanghai Pride organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News.

May 12, 2013

GSN tests the waters of Helsinki and dives into the restaurants, the bars, the history, and the culture

First time flying Finnair. First time to Helsinki. First time to Finland.

As I stepped off the plane and down on to the tarmac I regretted forgetting to pack my sunglasses – the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Spring had arrived in Helsinki.

I was here to investigate whether Helsinki is Europe’s next gay travel hotspot. People need to know.

March 31, 2013

Lesbian couple Katie Cook and Maggie Young are traveling the world meeting LGBT people. Here they meet Jetsan in Lhasa, Tibet, who has found he is not alone

Finding gay Tibetans turned out to be as we expected – quite difficult.

We are on our international quest to find LGBT communities around the world, and we realized the Tibet Autonomous Region would be an especially challenging – and therefore intriguing – destination. It was a place we knew so little about and whose LGBT voice seemed so markedly absent from the world discourse.

February 12, 2013

Grammy-winner plans to write 'in remote locations for the next two years'

Grammy-winner Frank Ocean said in an interview published in the New York Times last week that he plans to write 'in remote locations for the next two years', starting with Shanghai.

As well as music, Ocean said that he has started writing a book. 'It's fiction, and it's about brothers,' he said in the interview.

Ocean's comments indicate that he plans to avoid the limelight after a high profile eight months. Today he tweeted: 'step awayyy from the media'.

November 29, 2012

Blogger complains gays are 'taking our boyfriends and jobs' after company seeks LGBT candidate

A job advert in China which says it is searching for gay applicants has been deleted after sparking outrage.

The position for a public relations manager at luxury goods website soklo.com was posted in Chinese and English on recruitment site 51job.com.

However, its criteria that the applicant should be 'male, aged 25 to 30,' and 'homosexual is the first priority' angered jobseekers in the country who slammed the pro-gay advert on social networks.

November 27, 2012

Veteran performer dedicates show to dissident artist after meeting him in Beijing

Chinese concert goers might find they have less opportunities to see Western performers after Sir Elton John dedicated his Beijing stadium show to dissent artist Ai Weiwei, a persistent thorn in the side of the Chinese communist government.

Western musicians have to submit set list and song lyrics to the government, and promise not to make controversial statements, before given permission to perform in the one-party state.

After a 2008 Bjork concert in Shanghai, in which she chanted 'Tibet, Tibet', many Western acts were refused permits to play in China.

October 3, 2012

The currator of an exhibition exploring feminism and sexuality in China argues LGBT activism is art

An exhibition exploring feminism and sexuality in China was a big hit in Shanghai last year and is now showing in San Francisco.

Gay Star News talks to Abby Chen, the currator of WOMEN我們 (the Chinese characters mean 'we' or 'us', pronounced 'wo men') featuring 13 artists, about activism as art, sexual harrasment on the subway and feminism in China's LGBT movement.

Why did you decide to put on this exhibition now?

September 19, 2012

Lingxiao Song interviews two generations of gay men living in Changchun, a city of 7.5 million in north-eastern China

Living a gay life in Shanghai or Beijing isn’t too bad these days, with dozens of gay bars and clubs. But what if you are gay in one of China’s rapidly industrializing and hugely populated ‘third tier’ cities? Gay Star News talks to Zhi De and Shao about finding love in in Changchun in north-eastern China.

‘It’s not as difficult as it used to be,’ says Zhi, a 22-year-old college student from Changchun who came out in high school. 'Being a gay is pretty much the same as being a heterosexual person, we have our own way of dating.'

September 7, 2012

A new documentary featuring supportive mothers of gay children in China is now available online

A new documentary by prolific LGBT filmmaker Fan Popo focusing on the growing numbers of out and proud mothers of gay children in China was released online this week on the Queer Comrades website. 

The film, Mama Rainbow, starts with interviews with young parents on the street about how they would feel if their child grew-up to be gay with mixed responses.

Then six supportive mothers and their children in cities across the country talk about what they have gone through together. 

September 6, 2012

Mothers of gay children in China sent an open letter of complaint to the education bureau in Hangzhou, near Shanghai

Eighteen mothers of gay children have called on the education bureau in Hangzhou near Shanghai, China to withdraw just published booklets which list ways parents can ‘prevent homosexuality’.

The booklet, Parents Please Walk Your Children Through Puberty, describes homosexuality as a type of ‘sexual deviance’ and says (as translated by Shanghaiist):

July 13, 2012

Summer Wu, volunteer for Shanghai-based lesbian organization Nvai, comments about how she feels about China’s lifting of the ban on lesbians giving blood

China lifted a ban on lesbians donating blood this month, but gay men are still strictly banned. Though I am pleased by this achievement, discriminatory regulation still exists.

July 10, 2012

Zapi Aurelien, 23, arrived in Shanghai expecting to spend a year in the closet, he was surprised to be embraced by an outgoing and friendly gay community

I first arrived in Shanghai with heaps of luggage and as much apprehension. I had actually had to stop telling my friends that I was coming to China because of all the scaremongering and stereotypes about the country that I got in return.

I assumed China would be homophobic  country and I was prepared to hide my sexuality while I was here. The reality is far different, I actually feel like a more confident gay man here than I did at home in France.

June 26, 2012

Foreign and Chinese LGBT community celebrate Pride in Shanghai

The fourth Shanghai Pride rounded off a successful week of festivities on Saturday (23 June).

The celebration began with 1,000 people at the opening party on Saturday 16 June, beating last year’s attendance of 650. The party was at bars, Rico Rico and B Bar, with outside space along Shanghai’s Huangpu River with stunning view of city skyline.

June 13, 2012

A week of LGBT proud celebrations in China’s financial capital

The fourth Shanghai Pride starts on Saturday with an opening party that aims to be even bigger than last year’s bash attended by nearly 700 people.

The party will be followed by a week of art, sports, theatre, films, more parties, Time Out Shanghai sponsored pub quiz, but no parade. Any organized gathering or march is illegal in China.

The first Shanghai Pride was in 2009 and each year more and more local groups are getting involved as the organizers respond to accusations that the festival is created by expatriates for expatriates.

June 13, 2012

A week of LGBT proud celebrations in China’s financial capital

The fourth Shanghai Pride starts on Saturday with an opening party that aims to be even bigger than last year’s bash attended by nearly 700 people.

The party will be followed by a week of art, sports, theatre, films, more parties, Time Out Shanghai sponsored pub quiz, but no parade. Any organized gathering or march is illegal in China.

The first Shanghai Pride was in 2009 and each year more and more local groups are getting involved as the organizers respond to accusations that the festival is created by expatriates for expatriates.