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19 Aug 2015

Gay rights activists sue China's Ministry of Education

Homophobic and discriminative content in Chinese textbooks have led gay rights activists to file a lawsuit against in Beijing

Gay rights activist, Qui Bai, has filed a lawsuit against China's Ministry of Education (MOE) for Chinese textbook descriptions of homosexuality as a psychological disorder.

The 20-year-old lesbian is a third-year student at a university in Guangdong Province.

She said her actions were part of a quest to find out who should take responsibility for physiological and medical text books in the school library that define homosexuality as sexual deviation.

She told the Global Times on Monday that the No.1 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing accepted her case on Friday. She has also complained to the local education bureau and the media watchdog.

"When I was experiencing an identity crisis, I tried to seek help by consulting these textbooks. But the wrong information has hurt me as well as other students like me," Qiu told the Global Times.

In the textbook Consulting Psychology, which was included in Guangdong's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) for college textbooks and published in 2013, homosexuality is defined as a psychological disorder, together with pedophilia, zoophilia and necrophilia.

Homosexuality was officially removed for the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders in 2001.


1. 2015-08-20 02:31  
Well done! Qui Bai!
I'd like to offer my support!
2. 2015-08-20 05:28  
3. 2015-08-20 05:29  
4. 2015-08-20 06:06  
Hold on. It sounds like she is an activist foremost rather than sueing for being "hurt".

Some professionals do still think this way. Even in the west, so I doubt she will get very far.

Do people really turn to books in times of a full on identity crisis? It sounds like she's pretty sure of what she is at only 20!
5. 2015-08-20 11:39  
Her name's Qiu Bai, not Qui Bai. She might do quite well - mentioning homosexuality at all, it could be argued, is contrary to China official policy which is to not acknowledge, condemn or support gay rights. It also clashes with official policy removing homosexuality from a government-determined list of psychological disorders. As these remarks are in school textbooks, it's a Ministry-level matter, and could embarrass them if they fight it, so her chances are good.
6. 2015-08-21 07:48  
She sounds like a brave young woman. All over the world, human rights have advanced because of the action of courageous people like her. I wish her success going forward.
7. 2015-08-21 13:26  
Qiu Bai isn't her real name.

Only 40% of text books after 2001(when China officially changed the disorder status) contain the thinking that homosexuality is or maybe seen as a disorder.

So its hardly like the Chinese government is active in saying being gay is wrong or a disorder even.

8. 2015-09-21 18:34  
o(∩_∩)o 哈哈




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