US magazine The Hollywood Reporter quoted the founder of LGBT Rights Advocacy of China saying he was not optimistic about the outcome of the case.
"We expect to lose somehow, because this is a national government department [we are challenging]," Yanzi Peng said. "But we still wanted to file the case because we have to show the position from our community and to tell society that we are not abnormal."
An LGBT rights rally in China /VCG Photo
There are an estimated 70 million LGBT people in China. In a survey conducted by the UN Development Program in 2017, more than half of the 30,000 LGBT Chinese polled said they had been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
China removed homosexuality from its “Standard for Classifying Mental Disorders” in 2001.