Weibo Walks Back LGBT Ban

Power of the people! LGBT content should not be lumped with violent content.

China’s Weibo, the popular Twitter-like microblog site, has said it will not suppress LGBT content as planned, following a public outcry.

Thousands of Weibo users protested a three-month “clean-up campaign” that would have targeted LGBT content along with other subjects deemed obscene.

Over the weekend, people used hashtags like #Iamgay and #Ihavegayfriends, and many shared selfies and personal stories.

“My son and I love our country. No matter where we go, we always proudly tell people that we are from China,” wrote a Weibo user in Shanghai who said her son was gay in widely-shared post.

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US Votes NO in UN HRC LGBT Anti-Death Penalty

What can I say? We are PROUD to stand beside our friends in Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. We GOTTA have the death penalty for everyone and any situation.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to condemn the imposition of the death penalty for homosexuality – but the US voted against.

On Friday the United Nations body approved a motion opposing the use of the death penalty in an “arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner”, including for homosexuality.

It called for the death penalty to be banned “as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”, as well as criticising its use on minors, mentally ill people and pregnant women.

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China’s all-girl ‘boy band’

These girls are doing things right and WOW China for letting it happen!

Just a little under a year ago, Min Junqian was an unknown art student in China’s eastern province of Shandong, dreaming of becoming a star and hitting the big time.

Fast-forward a year and the 23-year-old is a member of Acrush, China’s first all-girl “boy band”, which released its debut single last week, but already has hundreds of thousands of fans.

“Our fathers’ generation still holds the idea that girls should dress in a feminine manner, something I was never comfortable with,” Min told Reuters. “I just like to dress in a unisex way.”

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Obituary acknowledging gay son goes viral

Need the tissues for this one, people.

SINGAPORE — An elderly man’s obituary that was published in Singapore’s national newspaper over the weekend started circulating because of an unusual mention.

Written in first person, the obituary of Ong Peck Lye, who passed away at 82, lists his family members in order of seniority. Towards the end is a mention of “my baby son” and Ong’s “son-in-law” — his son’s partner.

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Chinese gay dating app grows to 15 million users

Hello Lovelies! I hope you all had a splendid Thanksgiving and didn’t eat too much. Lol

From this article, it appears that LGBT dating is thriving in China, if this app’s popularity is any indication.

BEIJING (AP) — By day, Ma Baoli was a high-ranking officer in a seaside city police force. By night, he ran a website for gay people to share experiences and on which he spoke under a pseudonym about the pressure he faced as a homosexual.

After several years, the police force found out and told him he could not run a private website that was earning money from advertisements while serving as a police officer.

Ma chose his website, a move that later proved fruitful. His Danlan.org has spawned a Chinese-language dating app for men called Blued that has garnered 15 million users, 3 million of them outside China, over two years.

And last month, his company, Blue City, received $30 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital company DCM Ventures. Ma hopes to use the money to expand abroad and possibly prepare for an IPO. He is also considering launching a dating app for lesbians.


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Nine LGBT Activists Arrested In China

Our Chinese brothers and sisters should be applauded. Despite the arrests, their Pride March will continue.

Nine LGBT rights activists were arrested in China this week in a rare group arrest — but that isn’t stopping 20-year-old Xiang Xiaohan from going ahead with organizing the country’s second ever LGBT rights march later this month.

Xiang was one of nine people arrested in Beijing in the early morning of May 7 in an unusual group arrest of LGBT activists. They were all released within the day, but the police instructed them to cancel a seminar planned for later that day on registering organizations with the authorities, which would give them formal permission to operate. Such meetings had been allowed to happen before, but security officials were on edge because the 25th anniversary of the 1989 massacre of democracy activists in Tiananmen Square was less than a month away. Several other human rights activists have also been arrested this month, including lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and journalist Gao Yu.

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Daughter of Hong Kong Billionaire Cecil Chao, Pens Open Letter

Paying someone to change another human being. Disgusting.

Last week, Cecil Chao, a Hong Kong billionaire publicly announced he would double the “reward” for any man that could turn his daughter, currently married to a woman, straight. The offer? Approximately $130 million.

Now, Gigi Chao, the billionaire’s daughter, is back in the news again with an open letter to her father she released through the South China Morning Post.

In the letter, Chao seeks to reaffirm her love and affection for her father while also pointedly trying to help him understand her love and unwavering devotion to her wife.

“My regret is that you have no idea how happy I am with my life, and there are aspects of my life that you don’t share. I suppose we don’t need each other’s approval for our romantic relationships, and I am sure your relationships are really fantastic too,” a portion of the letter reads.

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