We see history made by a trans boxer, a porn legend announces his retirement and we get a teaser for new ‘Stranger Things’ episodes
The gay internet was shocked to see Scott Chen fess up to believing marriage should be between a man and a woman
The novelist has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for her ‘gay sex novel’ because the country has strict laws against pornography
David Hockney just broke a record in the world of art auctions, and everyone’s talking about Ezra Miller and his recent Playboy photoshoot and interview
Whether you want to see the famous sites or more obscure museums, gay Beijing has plenty of amazing places to explore and exciting activities to do
The Chinese word for comrade has been appropriated by the country’s gay community, leading Communists to no longer want to use it
Among the day’s top stories are the ‘SNL’ premiere that has everyone talking, the second annual DragCon NYC and the very first Rocketman trailer
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Guangxi New Media Center looks like a phallus that shoots fireworks from its tip, and it’s just one of many penis-shaped buildings from around the world
The “New Rules” singer was reportedly in tears as security ejected several attendees.
Mr. Gay World 2019 was supposed to happen next March in Hong Kong, but thanks to anti-gay mainland China, that’s not gonna happen
Though the delegation was told they could carry the Taiwan flag during the Gay Games, mainland China is exerting pressure to keep that from happening
China is known for many things: its explosive growth over recent decades, its status as “the world’s factory,” its massive population, its food, and more. Unfortunately, LGBT rights are not on this list. For most of the 21st century, homosexual sex was banned in the People’s Republic of China and it wasn’t legalized until 1997. Homosexuality was also on China’s official list of mental illnesses until 2001. And, according to the law, marriage in the PRC is defined as being between a man and a woman.
It’s not surprising then that few Chinese feel comfortable coming out. The Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE), which was conducted on behalf of the UN Development Program, polled over 30,000 respondents in China and found that only 15% of Chinese LGBT people have come out to family and friends, with only 5% coming out in public.
However, the situation is improving. The study revealed that the younger the respondent, the less likely they were to view homosexuality as a pathology, have stereotype-based prejudices, gender binary ideas, or HIV-related stigma.
The legal situation for the Chinese LGBT community is also getting better. Beijing now provides dependent residency status to same-sex partners of legal residents (like expats). And in 2009, Hong Kong’s government gave limited recognition and protection to cohabitating same-sex couples in its Domestic Violence Ordinance.