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Same-sex relationships between men have a history of acceptance in China dating as far back as the Zhou period (1100-256 B.C.). In official records of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), 10 emperors are described as openly bisexual and are listed with the names of their lovers. In the centuries following the Han, homosexuality was generally accepted among men, so long as it didn't interfere with their Confucian duty to marry and perpetuate the family name. Partly due to the influence of Western missionaries, homosexuality was outlawed by official decree in 1740, but Judeo-Christian notions of shame never fully took root in China and the practice persisted. Under the Communists, however, homosexuality came to be seen as disruptive of the social order, and persecution of gays was sanctioned during the Cultural Revolution.

The situation has improved markedly over the past decade. In 2002, the government rescinded its 1989 edict describing homosexuality as a psychological disorder, but laws still prohibit expat magazines from talking about gay bars (described instead as bars "for the alternative set"). Time Out, a popular expat periodical, runs a monthly column that gets around the censors with a subtle header: G&L. The general populace tends to ignore the existence of gay relationships, made easier by the fact that it's considered normal for men to be physically affectionate regardless of sexual orientation. As in ancient times, many gay men still marry and have children to satisfy their parents.

The best gay club in Beijing is Destination (Mudidi; p. ###; tel. 010/6551-5138) at Gongti Xi Lu 7, south of the Worker's Stadium west gate, where the crowd revels and the beats are right. Things have turned a tad seedy in recent times, but the crowds still flock to this venue, which now includes a bar, a restaurant, and even an Internet cafe.

For lesbians, the scene is slightly grimmer. Women perceived as homosexual are often subject to harassment. In the context of Chinese patriarchy, lesbianism has never received much attention. Outside a brief appearance in the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Mansion, it is invisible in literature, and the pressures of China's skewed gender ratio -- an excess of boys brought on by age-old prejudices in response to the one-child policy -- has made many single Chinese men resentful of any reduction in the pool of potential wives.

Aside from Thursday nights at Destination, try the Feng Bar, just east of the south gate of the Worker's Stadium, on Saturday nights. As the scene is still developing, try connecting online, through Beijing's Other Attractions (www.boaevents.com), or more general websites for lesbians in Asia, such as www.fridae.com or www.utopia-asia.com.

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Post time 2011-4-3 07:34:03 |Display all floors
have a history of acceptance in China ???

At least not so in the last 60 years !

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Post time 2011-4-3 08:04:09 |Display all floors
Originally posted by humanlife at 2011-4-3 07:34
have a history of acceptance in China ???

At least not so in the last 60 years !

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You need to read Chinese and Western books before the Christian missionary arrived in China during the Opium War. You are wrong again.

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timba looks gay with that new avatar?

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You look like Toast

Originally posted by Ghosty at 2011-4-20 00:02
timba looks gay with that new avatar?

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Post time 2011-4-20 05:07:52 |Display all floors

Gay China

Never mind about custom and tradition.

Never mind about modern popular night clubs.

What does the LAW in China say about lesbian relationships?

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Post time 2011-4-20 05:44:57 |Display all floors
Originally posted by dragon8 at 2011-4-20 05:07
Never mind about custom and tradition.

Never mind about modern popular night clubs.

What does the LAW in China say about lesbian relationships?


Nothing you will be safe there

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