Segments in this Video

Parental Pressures (04:26)


Family expectations influence homosexuals to enter “fake” marriages; Chung To and Xiaogang Wei discuss lack of religious and political oppression. Economic factors affect decisions to marry traditionally; websites are dedicated to matchmaking lesbians with gay men.

Personal Testimonies (03:47)

Wei describes his mother’s reaction after learning he was gay, and her explanations for his homosexuality. To feels the younger generation has more resources, and is more assertive; parents of Hong Kong pride parade participants express love and support.

Decriminalization and Protection (03:49)

Sodomy is now legal in China, and homosexuality is no longer labeled a mental illness. The government claims a neutral position; its main concern is social harmony. To discusses job discrimination and lack of legal safeguards.

Affliction and Isolation (03:42)

Chinese LGBT communities do not want to focus on disease. Wei states there is too much emphasis on health issues while they push for social and civil rights. To believes sexual education should start earlier; rural citizens connect through the internet.

Movement Evolution (04:29)

To hopes that same sex marriage will be legalized. Wei asserts that media freedom and anti-discrimination laws will promote legalization. Bin has confidence in the next generation, using legal mechanisms to claim rights.

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On China: LGBT

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There's little political opposition or religious uproar when it comes to being out in China. Instead, the biggest challenge comes from family. Parents and their sons and daughters face a unique set of pressures, brought on in part by China's one-child policy. And while technology and social media are making it easier to grow up gay, there are incentives to marry, even if it's not for love. On the streets of China's cities, the rainbow flag may occassionally fly free, but there are limits to how much activism the Communist party is willing to tolerate. And anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals, especially in the workplace, are unheard of. Join Kristie Lu Stout from Two Cities Cafe in Beijing for a revealing conversation with those who are advocating for tolerance and respect, not only for gays and lesbians, but all of China's minorities.

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL187362

ISBN: 978-1-64623-261-1

Copyright date: ©2014

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