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22 Dec 2015

Survey reveals attitudes to LGBT in China

WorkForLGBT have released their annual survey which states that one out of five Chinese know someone openly LGBT and four out of five support workplace equality.

The objective of the is to gain an understanding of perceptions towards the LGBT community in China and assess the degree of support for the LGBT community in society, business, and the workplace.

The survey, conducted in cooperation with YouGov and PFLAG China, covered an urban population with a sample size of 4,000.

The survey found that 77% agree that workplace culture should welcome all employees regardless of sexual orientation and 72% believe LGBT people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities.

There is less agreement on broader social questions, with 48% saying homosexuality should be accepted by society and 39% supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage.

It also highlights the pace of change in attitudes to LGBT in China. 38% say their attitude has become more supportive over the past several years, while just 8% say less supportive, and 54% report no change in attitude. This is even higher for 18-24 year olds, 43% of which have become more supportive in recent years.

Founder of WorkForLGBT Steven Paul Bielinksi said of the survey: “the power of living truly and ‘coming out’ with love is evidenced in our survey results. Support for same-sex marriage nearly doubles from 34% who don’t know anyone, to 60% who have openly gay family, friends, or colleagues.”

Reader's Comments

1. 2015-12-22 20:58  
So everything is on track then. Let time happen and equality will emerge.

"Activists" take note and hush up.
2. 2015-12-23 01:24  
Activists are the people who make these things happen. People who hush up live in the closet. We owe our thanks to those who have the courage to challenge.
3. 2015-12-24 01:44  
Only with a sample of 4,000 urban people(big cities), this survey cannot tell China's mainstream and real attitude to gays. But thank them for their efforts.
4. 2015-12-25 07:39  
Left wing "activists" generally alienate the general populous. They slow the process.

Mindless acts. Mindless posts.
5. 2015-12-25 20:10  
It is indeed limited study.

I am working in Beijing for a design company and I feel that the attitude of my colleagues is still: 'do you know that he is a gay man', meaning that he is being gay is not just 'right', he is 'out of ordinary' and it is almost saying one needs to look out for him.

Although, as Chun Feng has said, the study is encouraging, likewise I thank for the effort.

6. 2015-12-25 21:40  
7. 2016-01-04 14:32  
Always regretted having left China / Beijing after having lived there for three years. It sure didn't make it easier for me , after reading this article but , " Too late " she cried.
May I wish all gays in China , specially those in Beijing , if u'll pardon my bias , all the very best.

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