The Beijing First Intermediate People's Court has accepted a lawsuit filed by a 21-year-old lesbian university student against the Ministry of Education over homophobic content in textbooks.
The woman, who goes by the pseudonym Qiu Bai, discovered textbooks listing homosexuality as a disorder at Guanghzhou's Sun Yat Sen University while looking for information on homosexuality in 2014, according to the BBC.
China removed homosexuality from the country's official list of mental disorders in 2001.
A 2014 survey conducted by China's Tong Cheng Gay and Lesbian Campus Association found that 40% of textbooks published after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a psychological disorder.
Qiu Bai originally sued the Ministry of Education in 2015 but was persuaded to drop the case to engage instead in a complaints process.
After her letters unanswered she pursued a second lawsuit in April 2016 which was rejected by the court on the grounds that the lack of response from the ministry did not infringe on her rights.
Her most recent bid to sue has been accepted by the First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing as her lawyer argued "as a current university student, the plaintiff has a direct interest in the textbook materials".
"Textbooks should at least describe homosexuality with objectivity," Qiu Bai told Sixth Tone. "I don't want discrimination permeating the school I live in and the materials I use every day."