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LGBTI Rights in China


ADDED ON: 09/16/2019

China: Discrimination against same-sex couples must come to an end

Despite government commitment to equal opportunities for all, many discriminatory practices are still entrenched by policies and legislation. More often than not, the court needs to step in to speed up necessary…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2019

Why are so few LGBT Chinese couples taking advantage of laws that could protect their rights?

A gay couple in Beijing recently made national headlines when they became the first same-sex couple to become each other’s legal guardian. The option – which allows them to authorise medical treatment…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2019

Trans Chinese teens forced into ‘conversion therapy’: study

Trans teenagers in China face abuse at home and bullying at school, with almost one in five forced into conversion therapies, according to a survey released on Friday. The researchers called for…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2019

More than 50% of gay men in Hong Kong fear coming out, study finds

Around one in two gay men fear coming out to their loved ones in Hong Kong, a damning study has revealed. Against rapidly climbing HIV diagnoses and political crises in the former…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2019

‘Everyone needs a place’: Gay couple fights for Hong Kong public housing

Like many young married couples in Hong Kong, Nick Infinger and his partner struggled to find a home they could afford. So last year, they applied for a public housing flat and…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2019

China’s Parliament Says No to Marriage Equality

Barely three months after Taiwan solidified same-sex marriage rights, political leaders in Beijing are shutting down any discussion of extending those rights to the Chinese mainland. Zang Tiewei, a spokesperson for China’s…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2019

China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighboring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage, despite…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2019

After legal win for LGBT residents, Hong Kong Marriage Equality hopes city can follow in Taiwan’s footsteps

Hong Kong’s LGBT rights activists have renewed their push for marriage equality by launching the city’s first pressure group dedicated to putting same-sex unions on the statute books. The group hopes Hong…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2019

Gay couple in Beijing become first to take advantage of new legal rights

Same-sex couples can now apply for guardianship rights. Photo: ReutersSame-sex couples can now apply for guardianship rights. A same-sex couple in Beijing have become the first in the city to complete the…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2019

Giving a voice to the LGBT+ community in China

With the Amsterdam Pride in full swing, it’s the perfect moment to take a look at some developments in the LGBT+ community in China. We talk with Luke, one of the initiators…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2019

Gay Chinese find a place to be themselves on ‘Rainbow Cruise’ to Vietnam

On the deck of a cruise ship in southern China, two grey-haired men stood in silence, shoulders touching, looking out to sea, as other passengers bustled on board and settled in for…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2019

How a Hong Kong tax assessment decision could influence attitudes towards LGBT+ rights across Asia

Just days after same-sex marriage was legalised in neighbouring Taiwan, Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal handed down its own landmark decision. A judgment which has – arguably – laid the first…

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