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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The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, according to the official Xinhua news agency.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 13, 2014

Less than 5 per cent seek help from formal institutions

More than half of all LGBTI people in Taiwan have suffered abuse at the hands of a partner, according to a new survey.

The Modern Women's Foundation surveyed 529 LGBTI people aged 15 to 50 between 13 and 27 October and released the results yesterday (12 November).

The survey found that the most common form of abuse was control (51.2 per cent), followed by stalking (49.4 per cent) and attacks or self-harm (24.8 per cent).

September 22, 2012

New research has shown that LGBT couples in Taiwan suffer the same rates of domestic abuse as heterosexual couples but most are unaware of their rights and do not report abuse to the authorities

A new survey of Taiwanese LGBTs has found that many have experienced abuse by a partner and most are unaware of their rights in responding to spousal abuse.

The survey was conducted by LGBT group Taiwan TongZhi Hotline Association and Taiwan’s Modern Women’s Forum and found that 35 percent of respondents had been physically or psychologically abused in a relationship, but only 11 percent of those said they would seek assistance from officials such as police or health professionals in dealing with that abuse.

July 22, 2012

The Chinese gay community’s most popular word to refer to themselves has been left out of a new Chinese dictionary, sparking criticism

A new edition of a modern Chinese language dictionary has been criticized for leaving out the most popular term used by Chinese gays to refer to themselves.

The compilers of the Contemporary Chinese Dictionary omitted the gay usage among the definitions of the Mandarin word ‘tongzhi,’ literally meaning ‘comrade’, which has been adopted by Chinese homosexuals as a positive way to refer to each other.

January 23, 2012

Tongzhi Rights Movement marks the new year of the dragon with a message of hope

On the first day of the year of the dragon Tongzhi Rights Movement has issued a happy new year message and a statement. It says that over 2011 the gay rights movement in China became more entrepreneurial and that their organisation was committed to working hard 'day and night' for LGBT rights.

The message continues saying that 2012 is a 'new starting point, a new journey, new development, we firmly believe that the majority of people in support of the gay rights movement will full of more enthusiasm, confidence and spirit.'