Homosexuality isn’t illegal in China, but the government discourages public discussion of LGBT issues.

Chinese transgender woman sues ex-employer in landmark case
A transgender woman in China is suing her former employer in a landmark case that many hope will uphold equal employment rights for sexual minorities. Earlier this year, shortly after the woman, surnamed Yang, returned to work at a media company from gender-reassignment surgery, she was advised to quit. She didn’t. Within a month, she was fired.  The woman is suing in the eastern city of Hangzhou under a new legal provision added to Chinese law in December 2018 mandating equal employment rights. Yang is seeking a public apology and modest compensation.  The employer said the woman was fired due to lateness. Legal experts say Yang’s case, which was heard in court last week, has blazed a trai
Chinese transgender woman sues ex-employer in landmark case
Taiwan holds first pride parade after legalizing gay marriage
Hundreds of thousands of people in Taipei took to the streets over the weekend to support gay rights in the first pride parade in Taiwan since it became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions. Crowds of people waved rainbow flags and rode on flamboyant floats from City Hall for the 3.5 mile walk, whose theme this year was: “Together, make Taiwan better.”
Taiwan holds first pride parade after legalizing gay marriage
Hong Kong court calls for review of city’s biased same-sex laws
Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal has called for a “proper and effective” review of all laws and policies that discriminate against same-sex relationships in the city. The court’s call emerged after three judges unanimously agreed to reduce the jail term of a sex offender who complained he had been given a manifestly excessive sentence for consensual “buggery” with a minor because he was gay. Yeung Ho-nam, 28, was immediately released after the judges replaced his original jail term of 2.5 years with a sentence of 10 months, which he had completed. Yeung pleaded guilty last September to two counts of unlawful homosexual buggery with a person under the age of 16, admitting that he twice had consens
Hong Kong court calls for review of city’s biased same-sex laws
Transgender choir seeks acceptance in China
A choir with transgender singers from across China joined hands to perform at an LGBT festival in Sichuan in August. They hope to spread awareness and gain acceptance in a nation where being transgender is still considered a mental disorder.
Transgender choir seeks acceptance in China
Gay Chinese go on a cruise, parents in tow
In mid-June, more than 1,000 members of China's LGBT community and their friends and families embarked on a five-day holiday cruise making a round trip from China’s southern city of Shenzhen to Vietnam. Organized under the slogan “Be Yourself,” the cruise was described as a trip “without closets.” On board, passengers were able to take part in workshops and sharing sessions meant to help gay and lesbian people better connect with parents who often struggle to accept their children’s sexual orientation. We had previously published a diary by a lesbian holidaymaker on the cruise. Now, we bring you a film featuring one of the gay tourists and his mother.
Gay Chinese go on a cruise, parents in tow
Married gay couples in Hong Kong now equal in the eyes of the taxman
Hong Kong’s tax authority will now treat married gay couples the same as married opposite-sex couples. The rule change by the Inland Revenue Department came one month after a major legal victory for the LGBT community over spousal rights. In a written reply to an inquiry by the South China Morning Post, a spokeswoman for the department said same-sex married couples could now submit joint tax assessments, giving them access to tax benefits previously available only to married straight couples. In a landmark decision in June, Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal ruled in favor of senior immigration officer Angus Leung Chun-kwong, who had taken the government to court after being treated unequall
Married gay couples in Hong Kong now equal in the eyes of the taxman
What it’s like to be transgender in China
Chao Xiaomi considers the question: “Why are you not happy that you were born a man?” That’s because, she says, “in order to live like a man I should drink more, be stronger, have many girlfriends, play rugby – you know – do manly things.” Chao, who describes herself as gender fluid and prefers female pronouns, giggles as she covers her bright-red lipsticked mouth with a hand. We are seated in her vintage clothing shop, Equal, in the Beijing neighborhood of Gulou, known for its many surviving traditional hutong alleyway homes. She arrives slightly late for the interview and apologizes as she puts down her elegant black hat. “The traffic was terrible. I live all the way outside the sixth ring
What it’s like to be transgender in China
Diary of a Chinese lesbian on an LGBTQ cruise
Last week, more than 1,000 Chinese members of the LGBTQ community and their friends and families embarked on a four-day holiday cruise. The trip started from the southern megacity of Shenzhen, headed to Vietnam and back. Some hoped the relaxed atmosphere of the cruise would make it easier to connect with parents who disapprove of same-sex relationships. In its third year, the annual sea voyage is organized by PFLAG, an advocacy group run by families and friends of LGBTQ people.  One of those on the cruise was Ma Bojun, 25, a lesbian living in the southern city of Guangzhou. Ma is an alias – she declined to give her real name for fear of losing her job in education.  Ma gave us her cruise dia
Diary of a Chinese lesbian on an LGBTQ cruise
A gay couple's fight for equal rights in Hong Kong
In 2015, Angus Leung, a senior immigration officer in Hong Kong, took the government to court after the city’s secretary for civil service refused to grant spousal benefits to his British husband Scott Adams. Leung also challenged the Inland Revenue Department, which did not allow the couple to submit a joint tax assessment. After a four-year legal battle, Hong Kong's top court ruled in their favor, marking a milestone for the city’s LGBTQ community. In the video above, they recount their fight for equal rights.
A gay couple's fight for equal rights in Hong Kong
China embraced gay ‘marriage’ centuries ago – until the West perverted history
Anyone reading the headlines about Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage would get the impression this was Asia’s first taste of marriage equality. They would be quite wrong. Taiwan may be the first jurisdiction in Asia to legalize the modern form of same-sex marriage, but such unions have been recognized across the region in various guises for centuries. Asia has a rich history of acceptance of sexual and gender diversity – one that has largely been forgotten. When Europeans first encountered Chinese society, they praised its efficient government and sophisticated lifestyles of the upper-class. But they were shocked and repulsed about one aspect: the “abominable vice of sodomy.” One P
China embraced gay ‘marriage’ centuries ago – until the West perverted history