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Thousands march for gay pride in Hong Kong
November 7, 2014

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Crowds gather at Victoria Park ahead of the Gay Pride Parade in Hong Kong on November 8 2014

Thousands of people marched through Hong Kong for the city's gay pride parade on Saturday, some of them wrapped in rainbow flags or dressed in drag.

The mood was festive despite the rain as the colourful procession made its way through the southern Chinese city, with some 3,000 people taking part, an AFP reporter said. Organisers put the numbers for the sixth annual march considerably higher at around 9,000.

"Each year more and more people are coming out. They're trying to provide the message that there's nothing inherently wrong with being gay -- it's just two people in love with one another," Alison Yung, a 32-year-old marketing director, told AFP. "There's still a lot of work needed to be put into getting people to be more tolerant (of the gay community)," Yung said.

But other participants said awareness of gay rights was growing in Hong Kong. "You can see the young people, even though a lot of them are not gay, they come to support us," said a man who gave his name as Frank and was dressed in an elaborate Marie Antoinette costume.

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A Hong Kong tycoon drew worldwide attention two years ago when he offered HK$500 million ($65 million) to any man that could convince his openly gay daughter to marry him, attracting 20,000 candidates. Flamboyant property developer Cecil Chao subsequently doubled the "marriage bounty" to $130 million. But he withdrew it in January after his daughter Gigi wrote a heartfelt open letter imploring him to accept her sexuality.

Saturday's march took gay rights supporters past Hong Kong's central government offices, where pro-democracy protesters have been camped out for a month seeking free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous city.

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Chinese gay dating app grows to 15 million users
1 December 2014
By LOUISE WATT and ARITZ PARRA

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In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, condom shaped mascots prepare for an AIDS awareness event at the office Blue City in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) -- By day, Ma Baoli was a high-ranking officer in a seaside city police force.

By night, he ran a website for gay people to share experiences and on which he spoke under a pseudonym about the pressure he faced as a homosexual. After several years, the police force found out and told him he could not run a private website that was earning money from advertisements while serving as a police officer.

Ma chose his website, a move that later proved fruitful. His Danlan.org has spawned a Chinese-language dating app for men called Blued that has garnered 15 million users, 3 million of them outside China, over two years. And last month, his company, Blue City, received $30 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital company DCM Ventures. Ma hopes to use the money to expand abroad and possibly prepare for an IPO. He is also considering launching a dating app for lesbians.

In a country where the government considers any activism dangerous and where homosexuality has traditionally been taboo, Ma has managed to build his business partly by reaching out to government agencies and showing them he can provide a public service in spreading safe-sex messages. In 2012, he was invited to meet with now-Premier Li Keqiang because of his AIDS prevention work.

Wu Zunyou, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention's AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases center, praised the app for its usefulness in conveying information to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community. "It's very hard to receive so many registered users in such a short time," Wu told The Associated Press last week at an AIDS awareness event held by Blue City and also attended by local government officials. "None of our public awareness websites can receive such attention. This is a very important channel to be able to spread information about AIDS prevention among the LGBT community."

The app allows users to look for people by location or the last time they logged on. It also enables group settings so people can organize activities such as hiking or assembling a basketball team, as well as providing information from health authorities on locations for HIV testing and treatment.

Andrea Pastorelli, a policy specialist at the United Nations Development Programme, said the Chinese CDC had recognized the app's usefulness in reaching people they were unable to. "They are having a real issue reaching out to the most marginalized people and in China that's where the epidemic is," he said. "The fact that they have been able to attract this much money shows that there is interest in the so-called pink market," Pastorelli added. "Private companies are realizing that gay people exist and gay people represent a huge market."

An investment manager at the Beijing office of DCM Ventures who asked not to be named because she was not authorized to speak to the media confirmed that the company had invested $30 million in Blue City, saying its future outlook was promising. "Five percent of the total population are LGBT people," she said. "Social attitudes toward gay people will become more and more tolerant in the future."

For Ma, 37, who goes by the online pseudonym Geng Le, the investment signals a shift in attitudes already among Chinese toward homosexuals. Five years ago, his website Danlan.org would be regularly shut down. Today, that doesn't happen anymore, and it carries discussions on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, for example. "I now feel more and more comfortable saying, `Yes, I'm gay and yes, what I do is run a gay-themed website,'" he said.

Still, the app does provide privacy for people who are worried about others finding out about their sexual orientation by allowing them to use their smartphone to meet someone, he said.

A law against "hooliganism" that had been used to target gays was eliminated in 1997 and homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder in 2001, but some clinics still promise to "cure" people by offering conversion therapy that includes electric shocks. China does not recognize same-sex partnerships and no laws outlaw discrimination against homosexuals.

However, more organizations are being created in China that are specifically devoted to LGBT advocacy issues, and gay bars that once could only be found in bigger cities like Beijing and Shanghai are increasingly opening up in smaller cities. Ma quit his job as deputy director of a division of the Qinhuangdao police force in March 2012. He still misses being a police officer, his dream job since childhood. He says some former colleagues cannot accept what he is doing because they think homosexuality is "abnormal." Ma says he hopes to change their thinking.

Blue City employs about 40 software engineers, designers, salespeople and advocates. "I would like to use the power of the economy to promote the LGBT community," he said. "In many ways, the economy can trigger changes in policies. So if, for example, I do this thing very well, if my users go from 15 million to many more in the future, if we can go public, I can tell the government: See, we can go public being a `gay company' and we haven't caused you any trouble."

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Putin's gallantry upstages Chinese host at APEC
By DIDI TANG
November 11, 2014

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In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, puts a shawl on Peng Liyuan, second right, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, seated second left talking to U.S. President Barack Obama, left, as they arrive to watch a fireworks show after a welcome banquet for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing. (AP Photo, File)

BEIJING (AP) — It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive.

Worse still were off-color jokes that began to circulate about the real intentions of the divorced Russian president — a heartthrob among many Chinese women for his macho, man-of-action image.

That was too much for the Chinese authorities.

The incident at a performance linked to this week's Asia-Pacific summit originally was broadcast on state broadcaster CCTV and spread online as a forwarded video. But it was soon scrubbed clean from the Chinese Internet, reflecting the intense control authorities exert over any material about top leaders while also pointing to cultural differences over what's considered acceptable behavior in public.

"China is traditionally conservative on public interaction between unrelated men and women, and the public show of consideration by Putin may provide fodder for jokes, which the big boss probably does not like," said Beijing-based historian and independent commentator Zhang Lifan.

Xi's wife, Peng Liyuan, was once a popular folk singer more famous than her husband, and in contrast to her predecessors she has taken on a much more public role, prominently joining her husband on trips abroad as part of China's soft power push to seek global status commensurate with its economic might.

Propaganda officials have built the image of Xi and his wife as a loving couple. Photos of Xi shielding his wife from rain on a state visit, picking flowers for her, or simply holding her hand have circulated widely on China's social media, prompting much oohing and aahing. "When the president personally held up the umbrella for the madam, it complies with the international norm of respecting women," blogger Luo Qingxue wrote on the news site for the party-run newspaper People's Daily last year after Xi was seen holding an umbrella over himself and Peng on a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago.

But Putin messed up the script Monday night while Xi chatted with the American president. In the video, Peng stood up, politely accepted the gray shawl or blanket offered by Putin, and thanked him with a slight bow. But she soon slipped it off and put on a black coat offered by her own attendant.

It spawned a flurry of commentary on China's social media before censors began removing any mention of the incident.

Li Xin, director of Russian and central Asian studies at Shanghai Institute for International Studies, said Putin was just being a proper Russian and did nothing out-of-line diplomatically. "It's a tradition in Russia for a man of dignity to respect ladies on public occasions, and in a cold country like Russia, it is very normal that a gentleman should help ladies take on and off their coats," Li said. "But the Chinese may not be accustomed to that."

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Bride or brothel - the choice for duped Vietnamese women trafficked to China in thriving industry
December 7, 2014
by Nirmal Ghosh

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Vietnamese brides Nguyen Thi Hang (left) and Vu Thi Hong Thuy in Weijian village, in China's Henan province. PHOTO: AFP

The two traffickers were detected and stopped by police as they were boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

They had three women with them, bought from their families for around US$470 (S$617) each, reports said of the October incident. The women were to have been transported by road from Hanoi deep into southern China to marry the men who had bought them.

Trafficking of poor Vietnamese women to China is a thriving industry which China and Vietnam are struggling to contain. Both countries hand down harsh punishments for trafficking. On Nov 28, a court in Vietnam gave six people involved in an earlier case similar to the October incident jail terms ranging from a suspended term to eight years. In China, the law punishes both buyers and traffickers in women and children. Traffickers can and do get five to 10 years in prison.

Yet the trafficking is on the rise.

In September, Ms Wang Ying, a deputy director at China's Ministry of Public Security, was quoted by the state-run China Daily as saying: "In recent days, some cross-border marriage brokerages and websites have published tempting advertisements offering Vietnamese brides for cross-border marriages, but most of these involve kidnappings." The "marriage brokers" promised young women introductions to rich Chinese men from big cities, but many of the women were duped into being "sold" as brides to villagers in rural China, she said. "Once their client takes a liking to a foreign girl, they cheat her and persuade her to have a wedding in Vietnam, then charge their male client 30,000 yuan (S$6,390) to 50,000 yuan as a service charge," said Ms Wang.

Nobody knows how many young women are sold across the border, either willingly - taking a chance with the people smugglers - or unwillingly, or simply duped. Activists involved in rescuing and rehabilitating young victims reckon the vast majority do not know what they are letting themselves in for. But it is certain they are in the thousands every year.

Vietnam's big cities are humming, with the economy growing at well over 5 per cent so far this year. But in the countryside, grinding poverty remains. The poverty, combined with naivete, means a few hundred or a thousand US dollars are sometimes enough compensation for relatives to send a young woman to an unknown fate, at the hands of unknown men, in a foreign country. Sometimes the women go themselves, sold on promises made by brokers.

Some marriages turn out to be happy. In some cases, the men involved are also gullible and do not know they are party to trafficking. But many of these arrangements entrap the women who find it difficult to leave. Some relationships can be abusive, with the women treated like slaves. Some women may even be sold again. Too few of them manage to escape, perhaps finding a mobile phone and calling the police, or getting a friend to make a call, or borrowing money to pay off debts and buy their way back home.

Usually, most women are trafficked from northern Vietnam. From North Vietnam, it is easy to get a young woman across the border into China. Often, it is a matter of a short trek over mountains or just wading across a creek. But because of high demand, traffickers are casting their net wider - to South Vietnam. "Recently we have noticed more South Vietnamese going to China," says Ms Mimi Vu, Ho Chi Minh City-based director of advocacy and strategic partnerships at the Pacific Links Foundation. The charity is active on the Vietnam-China border, running two shelters for rescued women and economically empowering poor young women by providing education and vocational training. "Now we know that the demand for brides is so great that traffickers are willing to take the risk of transporting trafficking victims all the way to the north," Ms Vu said.

In one northern village, with a population of 337, about one-tenth had been trafficked to China in the past 18 months, she added. "All of this is economically driven," she said. Young girls could fetch as much as US$1,600 to US$4,000 in China. Often, the local person who agrees to traffic them gets a cut of just US$100. The person may not be a close relative; they may just be facilitators. In many cases, families from hardscrabble or minority communities eking out a living in the mountains and possibly even illiterate just believe the women are going to a better life as the wife of a rich Chinese, and will send money back to them.

Vietnam is in Tier 2 of the US State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, an influential assessment of the world's efforts in combating trafficking by country. By some estimates, globally as many as 27 million men, women and children are trafficking victims at any given time. A Tier 2 listing means the country does not meet international norms in combating trafficking but is making the effort. Singapore is also in Tier 2 while Thailand and Malaysia are in Tier 3. Vietnam's efforts have improved but remain under-resourced, a Western diplomat in Ho Chi Minh City said, asking not to be identified.

It is very difficult to educate rural people in remote areas, and to address their poverty, to stop young women from being sold, the diplomat said. Enforcement officers are also sometimes complicit, in return for a cut. The Internet has extended the reach of the traffickers, noted the diplomat. International marriage brokers are illegal in Vietnam, but with the Internet they do not need a physical presence there. "The government recognises the need to make more effort," the diplomat said. "The topic is discussed more now among officials, police and social workers. Efforts are broader and deeper now, including education, social work, reintegration and prosecution."

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A Vietnamese woman arriving home after being rescued from Malaysia. The Internet has extended the reach of traffickers, says one diplomat in Vietnam.
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Mr Michael Brosowski, the Hanoi-based founder and chief executive of the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, which works with Vietnamese children in crisis, believes law enforcers in Vietnam are doing a good job. "It's an extremely difficult issue for them, it is international crime, it is Vietnamese people being taken to another country and being exploited, so it is very difficult to investigate or prosecute cases - but there's no doubt they are doing what they can."

Ultimately, the key to stopping trafficking is to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are spread to the poorest and most vulnerable of Vietnam's population. Until then, the women will always be at risk. "The Chinese talk of buying Vietnamese brides like buying a car," said Ms Vu. "What we have heard from some of our girls trafficked into China is they get a choice. Do you want to work in a brothel, or be a bride?"

CHINA'S GENDER IMBALANCE FUELLING DEMAND

China's gender imbalance - the result of its once long-running one-child policy which triggered widespread sex-selective abortions in favour of male children - has fuelled a huge demand for women of marriage age or younger.

Exploitation and trafficking of young Vietnamese women for marriage is a trend of increasing concern, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said at a joint conference with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on July 30, with several government agencies and civil society groups present. The conference took place at My Tho City, Tien Giang province - one of 18 provinces in South Vietnam considered hot spots for human trafficking - and was part of the government's 2011-2015 National Plan of Action against Human Trafficking.

The ministry reported that an average of 18,000 Vietnamese citizens - 92 per cent of them female - migrate to get married every year, with a significant number using illegal brokers. From early 2008 to June this year, the authorities detected 1,100 cases of women trafficked for the purpose - or under the pretence - of marriage. "The number of cases discovered by the police does not represent the extent of the problem," the conference agreed. "The line between the willing and the coerced is often blurred."

Separately, it has been reported that, in 2009, shelters across the country were providing relief services to over 12,000 trafficked women and children. "Typically, women entering international marriages are from rural areas, unemployed and poorly educated," the IOM said in a report of the conference proceedings. Women from Vietnam's south-west provinces account for most of foreign marriages. In the north, foreign marriages primarily take place in provinces bordering China.

The Department of Criminal Police reported that more than 60 per cent of human trafficking cases in southern Vietnam related to Taiwan and China. In the first six months of this year, there had been 310 cases of trafficking detected - a 60 per cent increase over the same period last year. "Where previously illegal marriage brokerage was organised by individuals, now it is large organisations working across borders," the IOM said. "The legal framework remains loose and, as such, punishment is an administrative fine rather than a criminal sentence. Many cases cannot be brought to trial due to lack of evidence."

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Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case
19 December 2014

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Yang Teng holds up a statue depicting a goddess of justice and a rainbow color flag as he arrives to attend a court verdict in Beijing, China, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.

Lawyer Li Duilong said the Haidian District People's Court in Beijing ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560) to compensate Yang Teng for costs incurred in the therapy. Li said the court also ruled that there was no need to administer shocks because homosexuality did not require treatment. A suit against search engine giant Baidu for advertising the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic in the western city of Chongqing was dismissed.

Calls to the court rang unanswered, and a person at the clinic hung up when the case was mentioned.

Reached by phone, Yang said he was "very satisfied with the results, which I didn't expect. The court sided with me, and it has supported that homosexuality is not a mental disease that requires treatment." Yang said the therapy included hypnosis and electric shocks that harmed him both physically and emotionally. He said he voluntarily underwent the therapy in February following pressure from his parents to marry and have a child.

Yang said the verdict will help gay rights advocates to urge clinics to stop offering such treatments and persuade parents not to pressure their gay children to undergo therapy. "Someone needs to step up because we must stop such severe transgressions," he said.

The suit alleged that the clinic had claimed the electric shock treatment was not dangerous. It asked for compensation of more than 14,000 yuan ($2,300) to cover the cost of the therapy, travel and lost earnings, as well as damages for psychological and physical harm. The court did not award damages.

Homosexuality is finding increasing acceptance in China, although many gay men still face strong family pressure to wed and carry on the family line. China declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001, although no laws outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities and same-sex partnerships are not recognized.

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Jilted wife 'chopped off husband's penis TWICE with scissors after catching him cheating'
January 13, 2015
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Gruesome: It's alleged that Fan Lung's penis was chopped off by his wife twice

A jilted wife has been arrested amid reports she chopped off her cheating husband's penis twice.

According to reports in China, two-timing dad-of-five Fan Lung, 32, used his wife's phone to send lover Zhang Hung, 21, a saucy email from his marital home in Shangqiu. But he forgot to log out of his account and his stunned wife, Feng, 30, came across the message along with several others, which sent her flying into a rage.

Furious, she's said to have grabbed a pair of scissors and stormed into their bedroom, where he was sleeping, and snipped off his manhood. Fan was rushed to hospital, where the organ was sewn back on.

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Bloody: Fan fought with his wife outside the hospital after his penis was chopped off

However, Feng is then reported to have sneaked back into her husband's hospital room and cut off his penis for a second time, this time throwing it out of a window. A hospital spokesman said: "The first we were aware of what happened was when someone came into the reception area to say a naked man was beating up a woman outside the hospital. Staff rushed out to see what was happening and found the patient with blood streaming down his legs hitting the woman. He was stopped and the woman was taken in for treatment, and then we discovered she had chopped his penis off again."

Doctors and police officers combed the area outside but failed to find the man’s missing member. They believed it may have been taken by a stray dog or cat.

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Vow: Fan's lover says she still plans to marry him despite him losing his manhood

The hospital spokesman added: "The man had lost a lot of blood and was taken in for emergency surgery. He is now in a stable condition but is extremely emotionally distraught."

Fan’s lover who arrived at the hospital said she planned to marry him as soon as she could. She said: "It doesn’t matter that he’s lost his fertility, he has five children already." Fan’s wife Feng was discharged and is now under arrest for grievous bodily harm.

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China court raps clinic over 'gay conversion' therapy
December 19, 2014

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A Beijing orders a clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual.
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Beijing (AFP) - A Beijing court Friday ordered a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual, an unprecedented ruling on so-called conversion therapy.

The plaintiff, a gay man named Yang Teng, said he felt traumatised when he received the shocks after being told to have sexual thoughts involving men. Yang, who also uses the nickname Xiao Zhen, said the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic was ordered to pay him 3,500 yuan ($562) and post a public apology on its website. Yang said the court also ruled it wasn't necessary to administer the shocks since homosexuality did not require treatment. "I'm going to take this verdict and show it to my parents so they can see a Chinese court said homosexuality isn't a mental illness," Yang told AFP.

The verdict, the first of its kind in China, was not posted on the court's website as of late Friday but photos of a document detailing the decision were shared on social media. Calls to the clinic went unanswered Friday.

Those who come out to friends and family in China often face significant pressure to undergo sexuality "treatment" or marry a partner of the opposite sex. Homosexuality stopped being classified as a mental disorder in China in 2001 but widespread intolerance toward gays and lesbians remains.

Activists had hailed Yang's unprecedented case as a significant step forward. Those that campaign for gay rights in China still face harassment from authorities or bureaucratic roadblocks. But LGBT groups in China are barred from registering as official non-governmental organisations (NGO), and activists often take a low-profile approach to promoting events lest the authorities decide to crack down. Following his victory, Yang said he plans to continue working on LGBT rights so others like him can avoid similar treatment in the future.

Last May, a 19-year-old gay rights campaigner in the central province of Hunan was arrested for organising a 100-person protest that police described as "illegal". Earlier this year, an advocate in the same province made headlines when he announced he was suing officials for denying his request to establish a gay-rights NGO.

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Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China
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December 20, 2014

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A blog by China's top sexologist, Li Yinhe revealing that she has been living with a transgender man for 17 years is displayed on a computer screen in Beijing, China, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — A leading Chinese sexologist's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community.

Li Yinhe made the relationship public Thursday on her blog, which was read more than 200,000 times within 24 hours. The blog became a hot topic on China's Twitter-like site Weibo, getting nearly 3 million hits as it spurred spirited discussions on social media not only about Li's nonconventional relationship, but also about transgender Chinese in general.

Chinese are increasingly liberal with heterosexual relationships, but still hold deep prejudices against sexual minorities despite government efforts to achieve equality. As an obscure group in the already socially marginal gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, transgender Chinese get even less attention and understanding from the public.

Activists said Li's revelation would help the sexual minority. "It will help the (transgender community) tremendously, whose voices are hardly heard by the public," said Ying Xin, executive director of the Beijing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center. "It helps with their visibility."

Li, a sociologist who is retired from the China Academy of Social Sciences, is known not only as a leading expert on homosexuality, but also as the widow of well-known Chinese author Wang Xiaobo, adding to the huge reaction her disclosure received. Li said she met her current partner shortly after Wang died in 1997. "He is an angel sent by God to save me from the bitter sea of losing Xiaobo," she wrote on her blog.

Hu Zhijun, executive director of Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays of China, applauded Li's bravery and candor in revealing her relationship and praised her for shining a light on transgender Chinese, who are faced with greater social pressure than homosexuals because they do not identify with their physical gender. "Even after Li's article, people are still confused about transgenders and homosexuals," Hu said. "We need more public discussions."

Li said she felt obligated to reveal her relationship to respond to "vicious" allegations that she is a lesbian. "I am indeed a heterosexual, not a homosexual," Li wrote on her blog. Li, who said she and her partner had adopted a child, explained that declaring herself a heterosexual was by no means an expression of superiority to homosexuals.

While her blog has been met with words of support and derision, one official newspaper said it was good that the topic at least had become public. "Topics such as homosexuals, transgenders and AIDS used to be taboos, but they have become debatable these days and are increasingly accepted by the mainstream," the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily wrote on its microblog Friday. "Everyone has some uniqueness, and please let social cognition keep up with scientific progress. To respect the choice by Li Yinhe is to respect ourselves."

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Trans sex workers among China's most discriminated groups
19 January 2015
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Transgender sex workers in China are frequently humiliated in public and denied basic services. Photo via Wikipedia

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

'Severe prejudice is a major stumbling block for even the most basic tasks,' said Zheng Huang, executive director of Shanghai Xinsheng. 'Imagine being laughed at when using a public toilet, being evicted from your home or, even worse, dangerously self-medicating hormone use because no doctor will see you.'

As sex work is illegal in China, the police are one of the greatest challenges that transgender sex workers face. Interviewees reported police abuse, especially verbal and physical violence leveled at their transgender identity. Transgender women whose ID cards designate them as male, are detained together with men. The report found that criminalization of sex work is a major obstacle to effective HIV interventions for this population.

Chinese law allows transgender people to change the gender identity on official documents only on condition of sex reassignment surgery (SRS). For those that do not want SRS, or cannot afford to do so, these requirements leave them with identity documents that do not match their gender identity, resulting in frequent public humiliation, and barriers in accessing basic services.

'Banking, travel, or renting an apartment, can quickly deteriorate into an exercise in public humiliation if the gender on your ID card does not match your gender identity,' said Guo Ziyang, executive director of Beijng Zuoyou Center. 'Making surgery a pre-condition to change the gender on your ID denies people the right to choose how, when and if to affirm their gender identity through medical procedures. The law should have no place in this very personal decision.'

The report noted, by 2020 transgender women and MSM will most likely constitute the majority of all new HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the research found that most services for transgender populations in China are only included as part of MSM programming.

'Globally, transgender female sex workers are among the populations most heavily affected by, and at risk of, HIV,' said Charmain Mohamed, executive director of Asia Catalyst. 'But transgender specific data collection, HIV programming and outreach is almost non-existent in China

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All dolled up: China sex toys play for real
April 14, 2015

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Beijing (AFP) - She lay quietly on a narrow bed, greeting potential customers with an impassive stare and a disproportionately buxom form: meet "156", a stand-in companion for Chinese men with empty beds.

Named for her height, she is a high-quality sex doll made of thermoplastic elastomer, a rubbery material softer than silicone, with adjustable hands, a removable head and genitals, and available from specialist shops in Beijing for around $2,500.

Liu -- who did not want to give his full name -- has one among the few possessions in his dimly lit studio apartment, deep in an industrial suburb of the capital. Like millions in China who leave their hometowns to work in the cities, the 29-year-old automobile designer leads a bachelor's life during the week, returning to his wife and toddler in neighbouring Hebei province every weekend.

Liu has been married for more than a decade, and does not want to be unfaithful, but still needs to satisfy his sexual appetites. "Honestly, it is very easy to just pay a little money to find a woman in China, but I simply cannot bring myself to cheat on my wife, so I have never considered it," he said with a nervous laugh. But a blow-up alternative was not an option. "There was no way I would have sex with that kind of cheap inflatable plastic," he explained.

Instead he forked out 15,800 yuan, almost a month's pay, for his more realistic Chinese-made "156". Her removable parts make cleaning or replacement easier, but despite lengthy prior research -- Liu can explain subtle differences between an exhaustive list of Chinese and foreign doll brands –- he was disappointed. "As an industrial designer I can't neglect the lack of realistic details," he lamented. "So I just used it a few times. The only way a doll is better than a woman is that it won't resist, so people can do whatever they want with it," he added.

Gender imbalance

Liu bought his doll from Micdolls in Beijing, where salesman Yi Jiange said proudly: "Most people think the dolls are more attractive than real women." They come bald, with customers buying wigs for them according to their own preferences. Some models are also significantly shorter -- more akin to child-size -- than "156", for "convenience" according to Yi.

His clients -- whose needs and preferences he discusses over a cup of tea -- are usually professionals or business owners in their 30s and 40s, and he praises them as morally upright. "If a married man refuses to see prostitutes and uses a doll instead, isn't it admirable?" Buyers include user's wives, claimed Yi, but he admitted that many clients' partners "don't quite accept" such dolls. "My own girlfriend doesn't agree with my work that much either," he added.

China's puritanical Communist Party decried decadence during its first decades in power, and while conservative attitudes are still widespread, economic reforms have brought the country more sexual freedom, and a plethora of sex shops. The Chinese sex toy market is estimated at up to 100 billion yuan per year by the business-to-business sex toy platform ChinaSexQ.com.

Currently the life-like dolls -- of which "156" is just one of many models available -- represent only a fraction of that. But Micdolls owner Zhang Han is going into production, expecting business to boom on the back of China's severe gender imbalance. In the face of a traditional preference for sons and the one-child policy in the world's most populous country, sex-selective abortion is common -- albeit illegal -- and almost 116 boys are born for every 100 girls in China, far above the global average of 107.

As a result it has a growing shortage of women. "Many young men in China have difficulty finding girlfriends or socialising with women," said Zhang. "That's why they might use a doll as replacement. Many previously reclusive young men have made friends through the online doll community," he added. "Having any kind of hobby is better than having none, right?" He also plans to experiment with a male doll for women.

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For some buyers, dolls are not about sex, but love. Calling themselves "friends of dolls", anonymous individuals gather on dedicated online forums, sharing user reviews and advice. Their numbers have risen from a few hundred to more than 20,000 in recent years. One forum user posted a lengthy article titled "My happy life after getting a sex doll", and another shared pictures of a doll named "Lin Lin" -- who has her own account on Chinese web message service QQ -- in her new clothes. Most people initially buy a doll for sex, explained salesman Yi. "Then they will start to dress them up in different costumes... and probably end up naming them like a human being. Eventually some kind of sentiment is involved."

But for Liu, "156"'s soulless heart can do nothing to fill the emptiness of his bed. "It doesn't satisfy me at all, nor arouse any emotion in me," he said. "A doll's perfection is derived from mathematical calculations, but it will never be more beautiful than a woman because she has a soul, expresses emotions and shows reaction. To me it has absolutely nothing that's better than a real woman, but I can at least try to deceive myself with it," he confided.

Source: Yahoo! AFP.

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14 of the strangest sex laws which could land you in the slammer
by Duncan Lindsay
Sunday 17 May 2015

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14 of the strangest sex laws which could land you in the slammer. Tut tut (Picture: Getty)

We all love watching a bit of TLC’s Sex Sent Me To The Slammer – as we view the shocking tales through our fingers, we can’t help but be as entertained as we are embarrassed by it all.

The stories of voyeurism et al on that show are the extreme – of course, nothing like that could EVER happen to you or I. Well, it depends on where you are. Different countries have very different approaches to sex laws and here are just a few both in the UK and abroad that you might not have known about.

Here are some of the weirdest we found on Weird Sex Laws (yes, a genuine site). Word of advice, check the laws of the USA state you’re travelling to for your hols before packing your dildo.

1. London

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It’s illegal to have sex on a parked motorcycle. As difficult and dangerous as it might be, a motorcycle in motion might be a different matter. Please never, ever try it.

2. Alabama

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Sex toys are completely illegal in this state. Head to Arizona, where two toys are okay. Any more, and you’re risking prosecution again. Quality over quantity guys!

3. Bakersfield, California

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We know it’s difficult to resist but you can not, we repeat CAN NOT, have sex with Satan here unless you’re wearing a condom. So if you fancy giving the D to the Devil, make sure you rubber up.

4. Indiana

Oral sex is totally banned here so don’t be as concerned if you forget your mouthwash.

5. China

Women are not allowed to walk around naked in a hotel room which, for many people, kind of ruins the point of hotel rooms. They can breathe a sigh of relief though; their nudity is at least permitted in the bathroom.

6. Minnesota

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It is illegal to have sex with a live fish here, which is a relief. Dead fish, however…

7. Halethorpe, Maryland

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You aren’t allowed to kiss for more than a minute in public here so be sure to have an accurate stopwatch if you fancy a bit of PDA with bae. Idaho is a bit more laid back – eighteen minutes is the law breaking line. We’d like to think if you’d reached the passionate heights of necking for eighteen minutes that you’d have moved things to a private room anyway.

8. Hong Kong

A wife is allowed to murder her husband if he cheats on her – but only with her bare hands. Any manner of homicide is apparently fine for the husband’s lover, though. Everyone in EastEnders and Hollyoaks would be facing a death sentence if that came into force here…

9. Georgia

Sex out of marriage is still against the law here so if you and a new lover are looking for a destination for a dirty weekend, rule this one out.

10. Wisconsin

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A man is not allowed to fire a gun at the point of his partner’s climax. Killjoys.

11. Birmingham

It is illegal for a man and a woman to get it on on the steps of a church after the sun goes down. Just so you know.

12. Thailand

The fine for a man who has sex with a female dog is higher if the dog is in heat.

13. Minnesota (again)

You can’t sleep naked in Minnesota so do not forget that onesie. And no matter how tiring that post sex glow is, get dressed before you drift off. It’s for your own good.

14. Kentucky

Here, it isn’t just humans who can face penalties for breaking the sexual laws. It is illegal for dogs to molest people. So, if you want to escape your neighbour’s pooch which insists on getting close with your leg, this might be a good place to go to.

Source: Metro UK.

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China shuts down matchmaking sites
18 May 2015

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Beijing (dpa) - China's internet regulator has closed down 128 online dating sites suspected of violating laws related to prostitution and pornography, Xinhua news agency said Monday.

The websites were shut down for allegations including organized prostitution, fraud and disseminating pornographic images, according to a statement released on the website of the Cyberspace Administration of China Sunday.

"To curb the phenomenon of dishonesty on dating websites, the purpose of this regulation work is to protect citizens' lawful rights and interests," the statement cited a "relevant official" from the Cyberspace Administration as saying. Some of the websites were also accused of failing to enforce controversial 2012 regulations requiring internet users to give their real names and national identification numbers to register for some websites. Some dating websites the administration listed as flouting regulations, such as City Dating, were inaccessible on Monday.

Last year China closed nearly 1.8 million social networking and instant messaging accounts in a crackdown on prostitution and pornography, according to state media. Chinese internet users have poked fun and expressed doubts about the intentions behind the crackdown, with critics alleging that campaigns purporting to safeguard moral standards and related laws are a pretext for political censorship.

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West Hollywood marries 7 contest-winning gay couples from China
9 June 2015
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Seven gay and lesbian couples from China were married in the Southern California gay capital of West Hollywood on Tuesday after winning a contest sponsored by a pair of Chinese Internet companies.

The seven couples were selected from among more than 2,000 based on videos they submitted detailing their love stories, after Internet users voted for their top 10 favorites on Taobao, Alibaba's popular e-commerce site.

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath officiated the wedding ceremonies at a city library for six gay and one lesbian couple who managed to get U.S. visas. The contest was also sponsored by Blued, a social media app popular with gays in China. "We're so honored and happy to have them in West Hollywood," Horvath said. "We've long been a community committed to equal rights for all people, and advancing and protecting the rights especially of our LGBT community."

While these couples' marriages are recognized in California, which legalized gay marriage in 2013, their unions will not be legal in China. China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, but does still not allow gay marriage. "We've been together for almost eight years, so we want to give each other a promise or a commitment for life," said Hu Zhidong, 32, who met his partner, Liu Xin, also 32, at a party, where they found out they shared the same birthday.

To Xu Na, 29, and Xue Meng Yao, 21, the only lesbian couple participating in the ceremony, the opportunity to use this event to come out was also important. "We want to find a proper time to tell our parents," Xu said. "This could be a good chance for them to see a lot of positive exposure."

During the ceremony the couples recited their vows in both English and Chinese, often while shedding tears. Geng Le, Blued's founder and chief executive, said that while many online media outlets in China were interested in covering this event, Chinese television stations might hesitate, because homosexuality was still a sensitive topic there.

(Reporting by Phoenix Tso in West Hollywood; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Eric Walsh)
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China orders homemade sex videos removed from social media
6 August 2015

BEIJING (AP) -- China's top anti-pornography office on Thursday announced its latest mission: a campaign to remove amateur sex videos from China's social media.

Long intolerant of obscenity online, Beijing authorities are now trying to keep China's cyberspace clean at a time when it has become easier for people to use mobile phone to make sex videos and use social media and cloud storage to share such content. In July, a sex video taken with a mobile phone inside a fitting room of the clothing retailer Uniqlo in Beijing spread quickly in China's social media. Police have detained four people on suspicion of spreading the obscene content.

On Wednesday, sexual scenes were somehow aired on a giant display screen at a shopping mall in the eastern city of Lishui, and clips of the footage spread online, prompting police to investigate who was spreading the content, according to media reports. Also on Wednesday, a homemade video clip of sexual acts in the southwestern city of Chengdu spread on China's Twitter-like Weibo, and police have detained one suspect on suspicion of spreading the video, local authorities said.

Citing these three incidents, the Office Against Pornography and Illegal Publications said it is demanding that government authorities at all levels throughout China take immediate action whenever such cases arise, and to "resolutely" punish those who upload and host the content. The office also called on the public to report such content through a hotline.

The office said such obscene videos are derailing social decency, disrupting online order and trampling on both moral standards and the law.

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