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    Happy together: a gay couple and a mom’s acceptance
    Happy together: a gay couple and a mom’s acceptance
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    Happy together: a gay couple and a mom’s acceptance

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    Zoe Chen
    Zoe Chen
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    Recently social media platform Weibo reversed a decision to censor gay content on its platform. LGBT issues have generated an outpouring of support in China in recent months.

    But of course, all support starts at home.

    Meet Duan and Tao, two gay men who were married in the US in 2015.

    They live in Shanghai with Tao’s mother, He Fenglan.

    It took a while for her to accept her son and son-in-law — but she’s now done so fully.

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    ​Homosexuality is not illegal in China, nor is it widely accepted.

    Although there’s growing awareness of and support for alternative lifestyles in cities, most Chinese LGBT citizens still live closeted lives.

    According to a United Nation Development Program survey published in 2016, only 5% of China’s LGBTI people have disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity outside their families.

    ZOE CHEN
    ZOE CHEN
    Zoe is a video journalist at Inkstone. Previously, she was a video journalist and producer for BBC Chinese and BBC News in Beijing.

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