homowives

Divorce, Marriage and What it Means to be Gay in China

In China, the institution of marriage is highly revered. While same-sex unions remain illegal, social norms often pressure homosexuals into wedlock against their sexual preference. This can lead to serious domestic problems, a...

CNN Anchor’s Coming Out Rattles China’s Closet

Following CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s public acknowledgement of his homosexuality, some young gay Chinese are planning their own coming out. A Weibo user, Sun Yelin-Xiao Hei, called for massive collective action: “If all...

10m Chinese Women Married to Gay Men?

Marriages of convenience between lesbians and gay men have been widely reported, but their numbers are likely small compared with cases of gay men or women feeling pressured into marrying heterosexual partners. Shanghai Daily...

Coming Out in China

Worldcrunch carries an account, translated from the Economic Observer, of a Tianjin husband and father’s difficult escape from the closet: After graduating from university, family and friends were enthusiastic to fix him...

Gay Marriage With Chinese Characteristics

Slate visits a meeting of gay and lesbian Shanghainese looking to pair up for ostensibly conventional marriages to fulfil their parents’ hopes and expectations. These matches offer a mutually satisfactory alternative to...

Shanghaiist: Li Yinhe on ‘Homowives’

Sexologist and sociologist Li Yinhe writes about the plight of women married to gay men in China on her blog (Chinese).  The Shanghaiist has adapted this translation from Yawning Bread: I attended a forum that discussed the...

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