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Rare win For Chinese LGBTs

21 June 2016

Over in homophobic China a rare win for the Chinese LGBT community resulted in a Beijing court reviewing a decision over school textbooks, which describe homosexuality as a ‘psychological disorder’.

A young lesbian, known as Qiu Bai, issued a case against the Chinese Ministry of Education stating that the textbooks are homophobic.

Qiu Bai, a long-time activist for the LGBT community, has been pursuing this case since 2014 when she discovered the textbooks at the Sun-Yat Sen University library.

"Textbooks should at least describe homosexuality with objectivity,” she told Sixth Tone.

"I don't want discrimination permeating the school I live in and the materials I use every day."

She initially sued the Ministry of Education in 2015 but was persuaded to drop the case to engage instead in a complaints process.

However, her letters of complaint were continually ignored and she filed a second lawsuit in April 2016 stating that the lack of response from the Ministry of Education was an infringement of her rights. The court rejected her claim.

Last week, however, the First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing accepted the lawsuit over the ministry's failure to respond to her complaint.

While homosexuality was decriminalised in China in 1997, there is still widespread discrimination against the LGBT community.

It must also be said that Homosexuality was removed from the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders in 2001 already which poses serious questions as to why it still remains unchanged in school text books in 2016.

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