China, Asia

China, is the largest country in East Asia and the most populous in the world with over 1.3 billion people, approximately a fifth of the world's population. It is a socialist republic ruled by the Communist Party of China under a single-party system. Since the introduction of market-based economic reforms in 1978, the poverty rate in the PRC has decreased from 53% in 1981 to 8% in 2001. Censorship of political speech and information is openly and routinely used to silence criticism of government and the ruling Chinese Communist Party. A number of foreign governments and NGOs routinely criticize the PRC, alleging widespread civil rights violations including systematic use of lengthy detention without trial, forced confessions, torture, mistreatment of prisoners, restrictions of freedom of speech, assembly, association, religion, the press, and labor rights. Regarding homosexuality, sodomy was decriminalized in 1997, and the new Chinese Classification and Diagnostic Criteria of Mental Disorders removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 2001. The situation has continued to evolve. There is no explicit law against homosexuality, neither are there laws protecting gays from discrimination, nor are there any gay rights organizations in China. It is believed that the Chinese policy towards gay issues remains the "Three nos": no approval, no disapproval, and no promotion. An Internet survey in 2000 showed that Chinese people are becoming more tolerant towards homosexuals. 



Chinese “gay wives” face legal limbo, cultural bias

Beijing (Reuters) – In the eight years since Tianlei told his parents he was gay, they’ve put relentless pressure on him to act straight and marry. “My parents push me to deceive a girl into marrying me,” said Tianlei, a 28-year-old company manager in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, using a nickname. “They just… Read more »

China: 16 million women ‘married to gays’

A university professor in China has estimated that 16 million women in the world’s most populous country are married to gays. Professor Zhang Bei-chuan of Qingdao University says the huge number of women – equivalent to the population of the Netherlands – who have tied the knot with gay men are struggling to cope. Speaking… Read more »

Psychological characteristics in high-risk MSM in China

Men who have sex with men (MSM) have become a high-risk group of HIV infection in China. To date, little is known regarding the behavioral, social and psychological characteristics in Chinese MSM, which makes the implementation of preventive and therapeutic strategies for this high-risk subpopulation of people extremely difficult. Methods: A total of 714 questionnaires… Read more »

Gay, Lesbian and HIV Grassroots Growing in China

Increased awareness is changing what was stigmatized treatment of HIV/Aids in China. This year the country will host its first ‘AIDS Walk’, which will include a trek along the Great Wall. There are officially 780,000 people living with HIV/Aids in China, but stigma and discrimination means that people are afraid to get tested. Anyone taking… Read more »

First Edition of the China Rainbow Media Awards Announces Results

Beijing, China – Initiated by the Aibai Culture & Education Center and the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute, and organized by a consortium of social organizations, the first annual China Rainbow Media Awards announced the winners on 9 December in Beijing. They include Southern Weekend & Phoenix TV (LGBT Salute Award) and Li Yinhe (Special… Read more »

Higher HIV Rate in Chinese MSM Who Also Have Sex With Women

Nearly one third of Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM) also have sex with women, according to results of a large meta-analysis. MSM who had sex with women had higher HIV and syphilis rates than MSM who had sex only with men. MSM have a high risk of HIV acquisition and transmission in… Read more »

First “Gay Community” HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing Clinic

Yesterday morning, northbound at North Beach, the capital of a separate area of the hospital, we put a Chaoyang District CDC VCT (voluntary counseling and HIV testing) clinic of the golden brand, where the main face of the male homosexual population, provision of HIV voluntary counseling and testing services. Will receive free screening assay Here,… Read more »

Coming Out in China: The True Cost of Being Gay in Beijing

This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Economic Observer. After he left Tianjin last year, Zhang Xiaobai realized that homosexuals are not “rare birds.” When he was still in primary school, Zhang (not his… Read more »

Beijing’s Gay Community Fights Censorship

When the Beijing LGBT Center screened a prerecorded lecture on gay-themed movies last year, the venue was so packed that latecomers had to jostle for a spot on the windowsills of the rented classroom doubling as their makeshift theater. This year, however, a similar event attracted only a handful of people, leaving much of the… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2011

Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 Suzhou: Homosexual Prostitution Ring Exposed in Three Provinces 1/11 1a China announces high-speed rail link to Singapore via Vietnam 1/11 2 Gay men ‘marry’ in Beijing 1/11 3 China’s Sports Illustrated features gay sportsmanship in cover story 1/11 3a Shanghai’s… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2010 Jun-Dec

1 Personal Visit to LGBT Community of Beijing by Felix of Southeast Asia 6/10 2 Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China 6/10 3 Gay men and lesbians in China marry heterosexually to cover-up 6/10 4 Biggest obstacle for China’s gays: Social pressure for marriage 6/10 5 Selling ‘smiles:’ Inside the world of Shanghai’s male sex workers 6/10… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2010 Jan-May

Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 0 China’s first gay pageant gives glimpse of new acceptance 1/10 00 China paper splashes nation’s ‘first gay marriage’ 1/10 1 China’s state press covers gay wedding 1/10 2 Mr Gay China pageant shut down by police 1/10 3 China will… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2009

Also see: Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 China to tackle HIV incidence amongst MSM 1/09 2 Expert: Marriage dogma against gay may fuel AIDS 3/09 3 Guangdong police arrests 110 men in 2 raids 3/09 4 Review: Obsession: Male Same-Sex Relations In China, 1900-1950 5/09… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2008

Also see: Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 Increasingly, parents of gay children are not only accepting their sexuality 1/08 2 Filmmaker exposes gay life, pollution in China 1/08 2a Chinese Parents of Gay Children Team Up in Support of Each Other 1/08 3 China starts… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2007

Also see: Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 Chinese gays feel compelled to marry 2/07 2 China Covers Up Detention of AIDS Doctor 2/07 3 The second International Conference of Asian Queer Studies 2/07 4 Gay domestic abuse called rampant in China 2/07 5 For Gays… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2006

Also see: Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 Discretion a stumbling block for gay status 1/06 2 China Issues First Report on Gays 2/06 2b New book shows different aspects of gay life 2/06 3 China expert pushes for gay marriage 3/06 4 China launches HIV… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 2003-05

Also see: Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 HIV infects 3 percent of gays in Beijing 6/03 2 China Begins Giving Free H.I.V./AIDS Drugs to the Poor 11/03 3 Gay professor lecturing homosexual health in local university 11/03 4 Gay Rights in China: An Update 12/03… Read more »

Gay China News & Reports 1997-2002

  Also see: Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian China (first gay and lesbian guide to China) 1 Door to Tolerance Opens Partway As Gay Life Is Emerging in China 9/97 2 Chinese sexual museum has high-minded goals 1999 3 In Rural China, a Steep Price of Poverty: Dying of AIDS 10/00 4 China anti-vice… Read more »