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. 

 

 

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 »