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18 May 2016

‘Being LGBTI in China’ report released

The results of a massive survey by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on being LGBTI in China have been released in Beijing to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

The report is based on a survey of 30,000 respondents from all provinces in China conducted by UNDP, Peking University Sociology Department and the Beijing LGBT Center depicts the everyday lives of LGBTI in the country.

Entitled “Being LGBTI in China — A National Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE)“, the survey reflects the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people, and people with other non-conforming sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions in China.

It covers areas such as the legal environment, education, employment, family, access to health service, mental health, media, social services, faith and other areas, especially in terms of discrimination and unfair treatment suffered by sexual and gender minorities as well as social attitudes towards them.

The report finds that only 5% of LGBT in China are able to live openly with their sexuality. It claims that out LGBT face discrimination and abuse within their families, their schools, and their workplaces.

It also states that access to health and social care is difficult for LGBT in the country, particularly those with HIV who continue to face hurdles in accessing prevention and treatment services as well as stigma-free psychosocial support and counseling.

The report also reveals how quickly attitudes are changing in China. It shows that young people are quite accepting of sexual and gender diversity and that society’s rapid change offers an opportunity for LGBT to achieve equality.

The report launch was attended by representatives from government, United Nations agencies, foreign missions in China, academic experts and scholars, community organizations, media organizations and other development partners

“LGBTI people represent some of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in Asia and the Pacific, including China,” said Agi Veres, Country Director of UNDP China. “Attention to their needs is therefore essential if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a key feature of which is the underlying principle and commitment to ‘leave no one behind’.”

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-05-19 06:57  
Hopefully looney activists' days are numbered
2. 2016-05-21 14:05  
Dear GTiLad ...
Who do you see as these 'looney activists' of which you speak?
3. 2016-05-21 21:27  

that's one easy to reference example. I think the list could be endless but it would include any instance where 'activists' wilfully upset or try to upset those they want tolerance from, which in turn only has the result of them becoming totally intransigent in their prejudice.

In the uk, the subject of gay rights was high-jacked by left wing politics during the 80-90s. This only stifled progress. Proof is evident from the equality now enjoyed under centre/right leaning parties.

Change takes time. you cannot expect instant change and if your were to impose you cant be surprised if/when (when is most likely) it is overturned.
4. 2016-05-22 07:06  
Dear GTiLAD ...
Thank you for offering a more 'detailed' explanation of your thoughts on the topic of 'looney activists'.

In all of my 75 years, 65 of which were know to be as a 'poof' I'd like to think that those things I have stood up for or spoken out against the degradation of my rights as a fellow human on this planet count for something.

I would be deeply saddened if, in the Autumn of my years I was to be labelled as a 'looney activist'.
5. 2016-05-22 13:45  
well that depends on how you acted.

there are a lot of idiots who wouldn't care being called a lunatic, which is to be expected.

6. 2016-05-22 21:00  
I've found the gay Chinese app Blued has helped so many LGBT people. It reassuring for them to know they can communicate openly on this messenger app, with others. I've heard many friends and relationships have been formed on this platform. It will be the YOUNG people who will change the Chinese society and it's just a matter of time before things change! Maybe not this generation, but certainly the next!
7. 2016-05-23 02:14  
Indeed david. So why do some activists push to alienate their elders which ultimately only prolongs the transition period?

8. 2016-05-23 03:13  
Just out of curiosity GTiLad, do you ever post anything positive? Seems every article I've read and you've commented on, it's always negative.
9. 2016-05-23 05:23  
Please list the negative comments americanbear.

Pointing out the omissions/failings/misleading details of articles should be viewed as positive. If you support the hidden agenda that gays should live in fear then I guess my comments could be viewed as negative. Unfortunately for you, I'm educated, and I question everything I read.

You are probably from the milk era, and still living in it.
10. 2016-05-23 07:40  
Dear GTiLad ...
It is when you resort to 'personal swipes' as you have just done with Americanbear that lowers your credibility for making meaningful comment on this site. What a shame !!!
11. 2016-05-23 09:47  
I've asked the moderators on here to block GtiLad because of the continual general and personal abusive remarks he makes on every topic to which he responds. In my opinion he is in need of serious psychiatric counselling due to the fact that what he writes is indicative of someone with a deep personality disorder, with some sociopathic tendencies.
12. 2016-05-23 13:53  
Flyingace, the following link shows the reason for my response to American bear. It wasn't meant as a personal swipe however. Was your comment meant as a personal swipe to me?


13. 2016-05-23 13:56  
Aslim, please cite the abusive comments I have written.

Your abuse to me is about to be highlighted to the moderator.

Have a nice day.

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