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LGBT rights campaigners act out electric shock treatment as part of a protest, Beijing, July 31, 2014 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Struggles Facing China’s LGBT Community Go Far Beyond Marriage

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on LGBT rights and discrimination in various countries around the world.

The recent court ruling paving the way for same-sex marriage in Taiwan prompted speculation about similar measures elsewhere in Asia. It was unclear, though, whether the ruling would help or hinder the same-sex marriage cause in China. Still, Chinese activists have been scoring victories of their own, among them increased cultural visibility and heightened popular awareness of the harms caused by “conversion therapy.” On Thursday, a court in the city of Guiyang ruled in favor of a transgender man who complained of being unjustly fired from his job. In an email interview, Hoping, a Chinese LGBTQ activist and lawyer who was previously an international fellow at PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law and a visiting scholar at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, describes the Chinese movement’s priorities and persistent challenges. ...

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