An influential communist group in China has spoken out against the government for banning LGBTI content from the internet.
Last week the China Netcasting Services Association banned a range of content from appearing online including ‘abnormal sexual behaviors’.
The association is a branch of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). It also removed content that promotes ‘luxurious lifestyles’, shows ‘violent and criminal processes in details’, or demonstrates ‘obscenity’ including masturbation.
After the ban thousands of people took to Weibo – the Chinese version of Twitter – to voice their complaints.
Late on Saturday night the Communist Youth League posted its opposition to the ban on its official account.
‘Homosexuality is not a mental illness. In 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders,’ it wrote on Weibo.
‘It has been acknowledged by the international medical world that homosexuality is not a disorder. In 2006, the Declaration of Montreal has proposed the observation of May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia.
‘They called attention to homophobia, discrimination of gay people and unfair treatment. Remove your prejudice, you can do it.’
Come through young Communists
The Communist Youth League was founded in 1920 and has 110 million members. The CPC runs the League and is open to people aged 14 to 28 years old. It is often a stepping stone for university students want to join the CPC when they graduate.
The League’s post was shared 11,000 times and received 17,000 comments according to What’s On Weibo.
‘Thank you, Fujian Youth League! This moved me to tears. When I first saw the news I felt so awful, and then I saw that the post by Li Yinhe was removed and I started to feel pessimistic about our society, but now that I read this voice from the Communist Youth League, it really touches my heart!,’ wrote one person on Weibo.
‘I never thought I would say this,’ another person said. ‘But I am proud of the Communist Youth League.’