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China: Weibo to ban gay, violent content from platform

China’s Sina Weibo will remove gay and violent content, including pictures, cartoons and text posts, during a three-month clean-up campaign, the microblogging platform said. Friday’s announcement comes amid a clampdown targeting content across social media platforms, as China’s leaders look to tighten their grip on a huge and diverse cultural scene popular with the young.

China: Beijing Festival pulls award-winning gay film

China: Beijing Festival pulls award-winning gay film

A Chinese film festival has pulled award-winning gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” from its programme, the movie’s distributor said on Monday, reflecting China’s mottled relationship with gay themes in the creative arts. The movie, which won a screenplay Oscar this month, was withdrawn from the Beijing International Film Festival set for April, Sony […]

China: Court Rules Against Forced Conversion Therapy

China: Court Rules Against Forced Conversion Therapy

Last week, in an unprecedented case, a court in China ruled against a public hospital that had forced a gay man into so-called conversion therapy. This ruling was the first of its kind – against a public institution in China. The plaintiff, known only as Yu, was admitted to the No. 2 Zhumadian Hospital – […]

HRW: UN Chief Should Stress Rights Erosion In China

HRW: UN Chief Should Stress Rights Erosion In China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should publicly press China’s leaders to end their crackdown on activists and independent groups, Human Rights Watch today said in a letter to the secretary-general. Ban will visit China from July 6 to 10, 2016. “It’s crucial for the UN secretary-general to take China’s leadership to task for rolling back […]

China: Domestic Violence Law Does Not Include LGBT Couples

China: Domestic Violence Law Does Not Include LGBT Couples

China has just passed a law outlawing domestic violence among co-habiting couples, but this does not include homosexual couples, according to government official, Guo Linmao. This is the first time China has addressed the issue of domestic violence, said to be because the government did not want to bring shame on the traditional idea of […]

China: Permission For Release of First Film With Gay Characters

China: Permission For Release of First Film With Gay Characters

“Seek McCartney”, a film by Chinese director, Wang Chao, has been given the go-ahead by censors for release to Chinese cinemas, after a year of consideration. What makes this release special is that it is the first film with gay principal characters to be given such permission in China. The film stars Han Geng and […]

China Shows Signs of Embracing LGBT Market

China Shows Signs of Embracing LGBT Market

There are positive signs that Chinese businesses are beginning to pay attention to a lucrative LGBT market, as a Shanghai-based travel agency has launched an advertising campaign aimed at same-sex couples.  The online advert features two same-sex couples – one gay, one lesbian – with an offer to travel to Hong Kong with a discount of […]