How to help LGBTQ people in China
Empowering LGBTQ Chinese and supporting the LGBT community in China is essential for the country’s LGBTI community, according to a new report from The Center for LGBT Rights at UCLA.
The report is based on interviews with LGBTQ Chinese in China and in the United States, as well as on data gathered from the countrys National LGBTIQ Census in 2012.
The report also details how many LGBTQ Chinese are in jail, the extent of the LGBTI crisis, and how the LGBTQI community is actively and politically involved in China.
The report says China’s LGBTQI population is now underrepresented in government institutions, government policymaking, and public discourse, and there is no legal framework that ensures equality of treatment for the LGBTQ population.
China’s LGBTIQ community has been marginalized by both domestic and foreign policies.
In December 2013, the Chinese government announced the creation of a “gay-friendly” law that would make it easier to get married and get divorced in China, as the country has a strong tradition of marriage and family values.
However, the law was not implemented until late 2015, and many LGBTI Chinese still have not found any legal protections.”LGBTQ Chinese are often victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and discrimination, with the LGBTIQ Chinese community most likely being the target of these types of violence,” the report reads.
“The recent passage of a bill banning anti-LGBTQ propaganda and discrimination has not been welcomed by the Chinese LGBTIQ communities, as it has been seen as discriminatory and against the LGBTQ community, while the government continues to criminalize speech and acts that challenge traditional family values,” the study adds.
Despite these challenges, China has continued to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community in the Chinese mainstream media.
In 2014, China hosted the first-ever International Queer Film Festival, an event that brought together over 50 film and television filmmakers and activists to share their stories.
The film festival was one of several events held in China in the same year that Beijing’s first LGBTI Pride parade took place, the most prominent of which was in March 2015.
The event was attended by President Xi Jinping and other top officials from China’s ruling Communist Party.
Another event was held in December 2015 at a concert venue in the capital, Beijing.
“It was the largest gathering of Chinese LGBTI activists, with more than 1,000 people coming together for the first time to talk about the need to build a better LGBTI society,” the organization said at the time.
LGBTQ people were also at the forefront of the movement to create an official national LGBTQI calendar, which was launched in 2017.
The U.S. LGBTI Network, the largest network of LGBTI organizations in the U.K., had previously announced that it would host the first conference on China, and China had recently announced plans to host the 2019 Shanghai Gay Pride Parade.
As the Chinese LGBTQI movement continues to grow, LGBTI rights have been highlighted in the country and in media.
In April 2017, China announced the establishment of the Chinese-based International LGBTQI Forum, which is a government-funded body that seeks to advance LGBTI human rights and equality.
However, the International LGBTQIS has also been criticized for its perceived bias and lack of openness to diversity.
More than 50 LGBTI advocacy groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have signed a letter to the Chinese Government, expressing their concerns over the lack of progress made by the International LGBTIS and the lack to provide equal rights to LGBTIQ people in the government.
“It is imperative that the Chinese people, as a whole, continue to engage in the development of a more inclusive, tolerant, and diverse China,” the letter reads.
“We encourage you to continue to work on a comprehensive agenda that addresses all of these issues.”
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