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Chinese Parents of Gay Kids Demand Anti-Discrimination Laws

Chinese Parents of Gay Kids Demand Anti-Discrimination Laws

 

Ten parents of gay children in China have sent a letter to the government calling for a gay-inclusive anti-discrimination law.

Dated March 8, the letter is addressed to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the People’s Politcal Consultative Conference (PPCC).

The letter opens by saying the group estimates there are about 60 million gay people in China, this based on the 3 to 5% of the population being gay, and further assumes there are 120 million parents having gay children.

The letter details their pressing concern that there have been reports of a number of suicides based on the “tremendous psychological damage” gay kids face due to discrimination in schools and employment in the country, commenting that this leaves “home[s] broken and hope lost.”

The letter goes on to ask that lawmakers move to enact an anti-discrimination law to remedy this serious issue.

They propose legislation that would prohibit discrimination “in [school] enrollment and employment” based on “race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, height, region, age, weight” and other personal characteristics.

The letter ends by highlighting that this kind of a law would be of benefit to all people.

Recent estimates suggest that 10 million Chinese women are married to gay men, and that about 80 to 90 percent of homosexual Chinese men plan to marry or have married women, according to a survey of 1,500 self-identifying gay men. The reasons for this are diverse and while cultural expectations on continuing the family legacy are cited as one main reason, another is the failure of the government to protect LGBT citizens.

The Chinese Government’s opinion on homosexuality has always been one of declared neutrality, however it has actively closed down attempts at gay pride events.

In somewhat related news, PFLAG China reportedly set up a hotline for parents of gay children last month in order to give them advice and support on how to best cope with having a gay-identifying child.

 

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China’s Gay Pride A Mirror For America?

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10:36AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:05AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

If there are 60 million gay people in China, why are only 10 parents writing to the government? And then the government has to pass a law stating that children need to visit their elderly parents....Hmmmm. I agree that there should not be discrimination against gender, sexual orientation, height, weight, color, etc., but that's not the way people are wired, and therefore we need to make laws. I guess considering China's oppressive government, 10 parents is good, but still sad.

7:08PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

great news

7:57PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

that comment was meant for another article.. glitch. so sorry

7:55PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

if Christians fight this, then Nazis should be allowed to wear their swastika, and the white clad KKK should be allowed to go to work in their sheets.

12:36PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Good to hear about caring parents and also brave of them to address the Government of China on behalf of their children!

11:23AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

I hope they can get anti-discriminatory laws they deserve!

11:01PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thank you Steve for this news item. It's good to know that there are brave parents in China who support and protect their children. I hope they get a good result.

10:17PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Good everybody need to be taken care of. Keep it up!

8:12PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

im glad that more and more people around the world are standing up and asking for equality for all people

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