Being gay in China: Does the rainbow flag fly free?

Rainbow Flag BANNERBeijing (CNN) — In this narrow Beijing hutong, the rainbow flag flies free.

I’m in Two Cities Cafe, a popular meeting place for the local gay community. Here, I meet with some of the country’s leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocates to learn about gay identity in China.

In the last two decades, China’s LGBT community has made huge gains in social acceptance.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997, and a few years later it was removed from an official list of mental illnesses.

Matchmaking for fake marriages Fighting for gay rights in China

But unlike their counterparts in the West, China’s LGBT community does not have to face down strident political opposition or right-wing religious uproar.

For them, the biggest source of pressure comes from the family, brought on in part by China’s one-child policy.

“You have only one child so you want your child to be as ‘normal’ as everybody else,” says Xiaogang Wei, Executive Director of the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute.

“There’s also the pressure of carrying on the family line,” adds Chi Heng Foundation founder Chung To…

via Being gay in China: Does the rainbow flag fly free? – CNN.com.

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