Shanghai to Show Pride with Gay Festival

As reported earlier, China is having its first gay pride celebration event. From the BBC:

There will not be a parade. The organisers took legal advice which suggested that might get them into trouble with the authorities.

Instead, there will be film screenings, talks, an art exhibition and a large, all-day party at a privately-owned venue.

Gay sex was decriminalised in 1997 in China. Before that, people used to be prosecuted under “hooliganism” laws.

Homosexuality was described officially as a mental illness in China until 2001.

June 8, 2009 12:35 PM
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