Test 2

Please select your preferred language.





Remember Me

New to Fridae?

Fridae Mobile


More About Us

12 Aug 2009

Lesbian magazine in Beijing raided by police

Les Plus, a magazine published by a group of lesbians in Beijing, had their distribution outlet - the Beijing LGBT Centre - raided and copies of the magazine confiscated by the police last week, says report.

Xtra, a Canadian gay newspaper, quoted Les Plus publishers Eva, Tatou and Gogo (all pseudonyms), who were attending a human rights gathering in Copenhagen, Denmark - following the main Outgames human rights conference, as saying that the magazine's distribution centre was raided while they were away.

The lesbian-oriented magazine which has been in publication since 2005 is said to contain political commentary alongside articles and news of LGBT interest. The magazine has operated underground since then as all media (both digital and print) require a license which is known to only be granted to state-owned companies.

Two other civil rights groups Yirenping (益仁平), a group that advocates on behalf of people infected with hepatitis B and Gongmeng ((公盟) (or Open Constitution Initiative), described by the New York Times as "the country’s pre-eminent legal rights center" have also been raided in recent weeks. Gongmeng has been shut down and its founder Xu Zhiyong, has not been heard from since being taken into police custody on Jul 29. At Yirenping, officials confiscated stacks of literature which they claimed had been printed without official permission.

China will mark the 60th anniversary of the Communist Revolution and the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1. 


Reader's Comments

1. 2009-08-12 18:20  
The COWARDS had to raid the place while the publishers were OUT of the country. PLEASE forward this article for publication to all of your local newspapers - GLBT , straight and in between. GMA (Global Media Attention) to these tactics is what is needed.
2. 2009-08-13 16:32  
Probably removing all publications commenting on the 60th anniversary of the Communist Revolution event, not that that's an improvement or a valid excuse.

If it was just the LGBT center, then I'd say it was a movement discriminatory of the LGBT community. However, by the looks of it, it is a total censure of any organisation that would be voicing something negative, especially since the article also highlights that the underground lesbian magazine also has political commentary.
Comment edited on 2009-08-13 16:33:11
3. 2009-08-16 17:51  
Well-put, Aput! =)

You're one of the few who's able to grasp the nuances & subtleties involving glbt discrimination. As for China...well, nothing unsual there, no? The political commentaries in Les Plus obviously touched more than a raw nerve that renders them so...insecure.
As usual. Isn't that why we were always reminded....to have a clear conscience? :p
4. 2009-08-22 04:24  
lol...magazine only wat....no copyright right?

*i hate stupid laws*

Please log in to use this feature.


Select News Edition

Featured Profiles

Now ALL members can view unlimited profiles!


View this page in a different language:

Like Us on Facebook


 ILGA Asia - Fridae partner for LGBT rights in Asia IGLHRC - Fridae Partner for LGBT rights in Asia