Friday, January 15, 2010

China cancels gay event over "family values" concerns (what happens when only children leave no lineage?)

An Associated Press story carried on MSNBC reports that China has canceled or shut down a “Mr. Gay” Pageant. China, however, is officially atheistic and had removed homosexuality from its list of “mental disorders” in 2001. The link is here.

In China, because of the one-child policy, there are many only children, and if the child is gay, parents fear that they will not have a lineage at all. Ted Koppel, in his 2008 series on Discovery “The People’s Republic of Capitalism” gay men in China often feel pressured to leave the gay lifestyle and marry and have a child. Physical appearance may not be as big a deal in Chinese gay society as it is in European and American gay life.

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