LGBTQ activists in China seek to change marriage civil code

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ABOVE: Beijing LGBT Center supporters, photo via the Center’s Facebook page.

BEIJING (AP) | It was only after her partner’s death that He Meili realized the full meaning of marriage.

As a lesbian couple in China, He and Li Qin kept their ties largely unspoken, sometimes introducing themselves as cousins. This rarely bothered He until Li succumbed to complications from lupus in 2016, and Li’s parents demanded that He hand over the deed for their apartment and other property documents under Li’s name.

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Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state’s then-commissioner of workers’ compensation in 2011 because he’s gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said July 15.

Polk County jurors found that Chris Godfrey not only proved the discrimination occurred, but also showed he was retaliated against in the form of a pay cut after refusing to quit.

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Hong Kong court: Denying same-sex spousal benefits unlawful

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HONG KONG (AP) | Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal said June 6 the government cannot deny spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples, in a ruling hailed as a major step forward for same-sex equality in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The court overturned an earlier judgment, saying unanimously that denying same-sex couples access to spousal benefits is unlawful.

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Chinese viewers balk at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film censorship

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BEIJING (AP) | A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October.

It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it a second time in his home city of Guangzhou after the film garnered a surprise China release.

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China to release ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with LGBTQ content censored

By : Mariah Cooper of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” will be given a limited release in China staring mid-March but the film will be censored for LGBTQ and drug content.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, footage of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) kissing other men will be removed from the film. Scenes depicting drug use will also be edited out of the film. Overall, an estimated one minute of footage will be cut.

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Dua Lipa fans kicked out of concert for waving Pride flags

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British pop star Dua Lipa was brought to tears on stage during her tour stop in Shanghai, China after some fans were allegedly kicked out for waving Pride flags.

In videos posted on social media, police are seen removing fans while Lipa continues to perform in the background.

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China-Taiwan tensions expected to surface at Gay Games in Paris

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Leaders of the Gay Games, the international LGBT sports competition set to take place in Paris Aug. 4-12, have released a cautiously worded statement about ways participants can show pride in their teams and countries after news surfaced that China was attempting to prevent Gay Games athletes from Taiwan from displaying the Taiwanese national flag.

The July 25 statement by the Federation of Gay Games came two days after Agence France-Presse reported that Yang Chih-chun, president of the Taiwan Gay Sports Development Movement Association, accused China of attempting to pressure the French government and the FGG into banning the display of the Taiwan flag at Gay Games events.

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Hong Kong court upholds ruling in favor of same-sex couple

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HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal ruled Wednesday that the same-sex partner of a British expatriate is entitled to equal treatment under immigration law, marking a significant step for gay rights in the Chinese territory.

The unanimous judgment said the woman identified only as “QT” should be issued the same dependent visa that spouses and children of other foreigners working in the Asian financial hub are entitled to.

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China’s Weibo site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry

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BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry.

Weibo.com was flooded over the weekend with the hashtags “(hash)I’mGay” and “(hash)I’mGayNotaPervert” after the Twitter-like platform said that cartoons and short videos with pornographic, violent or gay subject matter would be investigated over a three-month period.

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Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion therapy’

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HONG KONG (AP) – The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Nov. 15.

The report released by New York-based Human Rights Watch, based on interviews with 17 people subjected to the widely criticized techniques since 2009, comes as awareness has grown in China regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Man wins lawsuit in China over forced gay conversion therapy

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BEIJING (AP) – A gay man in central China has successfully sued a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy, in what activists are hailing as the first such victory in a country where the LGBT rights movement is gradually emerging from the fringes.

A court in Zhumadian in Henan province ordered a city mental hospital to publish a public apology in local newspapers and pay the 38-year-old man 5,000 yuan ($735) in compensation, according to a copy of the June 26 judgment seen by The Associated Press.

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China censors gay kiss in ‘Alien: Covenant’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Moviegoers in China will miss out on watching Michael Fassbender make out with himself in “Alien: Covenant.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, cyborgs Walter and David, both played by Fassbender, kiss each other in the latest “Alien” film. China has removed the scene, as well as some gory violent scenes, from its screenings. About six minutes of footage has been cut from the film.

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