Growing Tolerance Towards Homosexuals
View, December 10, 2004
BEIJING, (Xinhuanet)—A recent
survey reveals that male homosexuals in China have exceeded 5 million. It’s
the first official statistics in China concerning the gay people.
Experts say the release of the figures indicates that
China is now developing a more objective and tolerant attitude towards
homosexuality. CRI reporter Xiaoyu has the story.
The World Health Organization has confirmed that
homosexuality is a natural preference shared by a minority of people.
But in China, homosexuality has long been a sensitive and
Some homosexual behaviors were even considered violation
of the Criminal Code before 1997 and homosexuality was listed among
psychological diseases until 2001.
Professor Hu Peicheng is the secretary general of China
Sex Study Association. He says it’s a social progress when homosexuality can
be discussed openly.
“It’s actually conducive to the settlement of social
problems brought about by homosexuality when we put it in public
Although it now has been acknowledged as social
existence, prejudice and discrimination against it are bringing potential
menace, such as gay people committing suicide due to heavy social pressures,
and high HIV infections among male homosexuals.
Chinese Government, scholars and many NGOs are working to
lend a hand to homosexuals and help them stay physically and psychologically
More than 40 health centers have been established
nationwide aimed at controlling the spread of HIV infection among homosexuals.
Some big cities, like Shanghai and Beijing, have opened hotlines to offer
consultation and mental support for homosexuals and publicize ways of
As protective measures, online advice are available to
give the needy more health information, and condom vending machines have been
equipped in gay bars.
Secretary General of China Sex Study Association Hu
Peicheng says these steps are signals that China’s accepting homosexuality.
“Regarding homosexuals, we should not make desperate
efforts to change them or treat them. The key thing is to accept this
homosexual group. Our society should accept the group and ensure they have the
same life quality as other groups.”
Hu Peicheng says that tolerance is one sign of a
civilized society. The increased tolerance of the Chinese public towards
homosexuality reflects the progress in Chinese society and will eventually
contribute to the stability and development of the country.
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