Chinese news site Caixin Global analysed the results of a survey of 732 LGBT students from 29 provinces, and only 2.9% of respondents felt they had LGBT-supportive teachers. In a conservative and family-orientated society, many LGBT Chinese live in the closet. The Survey found most respondents had come out to someone, but more than 70% had not told their parents, siblings, relatives, or teachers.
China decriminalized homosexual acts in 1997 and the Chinese Society of Psychiatrists stopped labelling same-sex attraction an illness in 2001. Same-sex marriage is still illegal and sexual minorities continue to face significant difficulties and discrimination.
China’s Netcasting Service Association banned LGBT content from China’s internet in June 2017, labelling homosexuality as ‘abnormal sexual behaviour’ - and only last month, the Cyberspace Administration of China announced a crackdown on content deemed to be ‘pornography’, stating that any ‘content that violates correct marriage and family ethics’ should be removed. LGBT activists in China have warned that such harsh censorship laws continue to impact the LGBT population’s visibility.
Unsurprisingly, ‘having a more inclusive school climate and more school resources, especially a positive LGBT role model, were significantly associated with the reduction of LGBT students’ suicidal ideation’ the Survey concluded, according to Caixin.
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