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10 Mar 2016

Watch: Documentary explores fake LGBT marriages in China

Inside the Chinese Closet depicts gays and lesbians are finding the middle ground between appeasing their parents and society while staying true to their sexuality.

Inside the Chinese Closet, by XXX director Sophia Luvara offers an in-depth and intriguing view of how China’s LGBT community adapts to a country that still holds very traditional values.

Luvara enters China’s the ‘fake-marriage’ market, where gay men and lesbians find suitable opposite sex partners for a sham marriage of social and economic convenience.

The get together appear similar to same-sex speed dating events, with attendees wearing numbers and asking questions of the opposite sex.

"But things happen behind closed doors and the state doesn't stop them as long as they don't go out and ask for human rights. From the point of view of the personal life, it's problematic because the family will demand that they have children.”says Luvara.

Luvara says the one-child policy in China has created a massive problem. "All these young people are only children and they are expected to produce grandchildren for their parents. To carry on the family name."

Inside the Chinese Closet is part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, March 13, 2016. Watch the trailer below below:

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-03-11 19:46  
In speaking with many young men and women being educated in western universities at one stage I had imagined I'd live to see the day when China's young generation would break with family traditions and cast off the heavy weight of serious oppression they endure.
Now … to do that I think I would have to live to be a 1000 !!! :-(
2. 2016-03-11 19:48  
Hmmm … could they become the new revolutionaries and rise up to take control or … ???
3. 2016-03-12 03:11  
No you will have to live to be 2000 to see any change.
4. 2016-03-12 06:27  
"because the family will demand that they have children.” no they won't, no matter how hard 'activists' wish, they just won't.

5. 2016-03-12 07:37  
of course we know that it IS TIME for 'activists' to stop just 'wishing' and to stand up for themselves. Of the many Chinese university students I have known that have come to Australia and after 4 years or so one can easily see how totally 'shattered' they are when it comes to returning to China … AND … how quickly the communication with that Life they knew here evaporates.
So sad … really ...
6. 2016-03-13 14:43  
To imagine the pressure these people live with... its hard enough in the states and we are way more open on this topic now but not in China... I cry for my Chinese freinds....
7. 2016-03-26 08:37  
so sad for those dear Chinese gays and lesbians. My fond best wishes for ALL their future happiness. David, Leader of Chiang Mai LGBT Group, Thailand.

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