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Viral social media post in China slams LGBTI-inclusive education

Viral social media post in China slams LGBTI-inclusive education

Liu Wenli's textbook depicts same-sex couples (Photo: Weibo)

A social media post slamming LGBTI-inclusive textbooks in China has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

The post’s author, Weibo user Sand Monk, said the textbooks promoted homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

He accused the authors of ‘copying the West’s far left liberal thoughts’.

China legalized gay sex in 1997 and removed it from the list of mental illnesses in 2001.

But, in a conservative and family-orientated society, many LGBTI Chinese live in the closet. Same-sex marriage is also illegal.

China’s Netcasting Service Association (CNSA) officially banning LGBT content from China’s internet in June 2017.

CNSA labeled homosexuality ‘abnormal sexual behavior’.

Sand Monk’s post includes copies of the ‘Love Life – Primary School Sexual Health Education Reader’ by Liu Wenli.

Sand Monk denounces 12 pages of materials concerning gender roles, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, coming out, and safe sex.

Sex education

Ah Qiang, of PFLAG China, said he’d met a lot of people in China against LGBTI-inclusive sex education.

He said they were concerned about procreation and the next generation.

Importantly, he also told Gay Star News, ‘they think LGBT can be changed, they think it is about western culture.

‘They may think if we don’t talk about these things, the kids won’t become LGBT’ he said.

Hundreds of comments supported the Sand Monk’s post. One commenter called for authorities to arrest the author.

Another said such education would lead to the extinction of the Chinese people.

Last year, LGBTI organizations lobbied the government to include lessons on sexuality and gender identity in schools.

They claimed one-quarter of pupils in China experienced bullying. What’s more, 40% of this stemmed from gender identity or sexual orientation.

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