By RAVI NESSMAN (AP) – 2 days ago
KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal wants to paint Mount Everest pink.
It wants gay honeymooners trekking through the Himalayas.
It wants to host the world’s highest same-sex wedding at Everest base camp.
But mainly, the conservative Hindu nation wants a chunk of the multibillion dollar gay tourist market to help pull it out of poverty.
That quest — brushing aside historical biases in pursuit of economic opportunity — is symbolic of one of the gay rights movement’s most stunning successes.
Just five years ago, police were beating gays and transsexuals in the streets. Continue reading ‘Pink Everest: Nepal appeals for gay tourists’
30 June 2009
The march of gay politics
By Jon Kelly
Political reporter, BBC News
New York’s Stonewall riot in 1969 is credited with launching the gay rights movement – and 40 years on, its impact is still being felt by politicians in the UK.
It seems a world away from modern-day Westminster, where openly gay MPs and peers sit around the cabinet and shadow cabinet tables while politicians on all sides of the House profess their tolerance.
On 28 June 1969, following a campaign of police harassment, patrons of Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn – mostly gay men, lesbians and transvestites – fought back following a raid.
The event prompted the first gay pride marches, inspired a new wave of the equality movement and eventually gave its name to the campaign group Stonewall. Continue reading ‘BBC: The march of gay politics’
17 June 2009
English translation by Signeller Kay Loh. Original Chinese text follows below.
(Breakfast news – The New Shanghainese) “The Shanghai Pride Week”
2000-06-17. He Xi Wei
Last Monday, at a chit chat session that was supposed to be attended by youngsters, the appearance of an “uncle” with grey hair stood out like a sore thumb.
It was a discussion related to the developmental process on homosexuality in China, and the majority of attendees are either “comrades” in the circle or people driven by curiosity to take a peep at the psychology of gays. However, the reasons given by “uncle” was different: the organizers knew later that because his daughter was also gay, “uncle” wished to take part in the discussions to better understand his daughter. Continue reading ‘Zaobao: Shanghai Pride Week’
20 June 2009
MEMO FROM BEIJING
‘Coming out’ in China
While homosexuality is still largely a social taboo, Chinese society is slowly opening up
By Sim Chi Yin, China Correspondent
TWO empty white picture frames hung on the art gallery’s wall.
Hours earlier, the authorities had marched in, inspected each art piece and asked for the sexually explicit ones to be removed.
But apart from those casualties, Beijing’s first gay art exhibition opened without trouble last Sunday.
A crowd of 200 gay, straight, Chinese and expatriate guests gathered over soft drinks and beer at the Songzhuang Art District on the city’s outskirts for what organisers quietly hailed as a breakthrough for gays in China, where homosexuality was delisted as a ‘mental illness’ only in 2001. Continue reading ‘ST: ‘Coming out’ in China’
14 June 2009
New York Times
Gay Festival in China Pushes Official Boundaries
By Andrew jacobs
SHANGHAI — It was shortly after the “hot body” contest and just before a painted procession of Chinese opera singers took the stage that the police threatened to shut down China’s first gay pride festival. The authorities had already forced the cancellation of a play, a film screening and a social mixer, so when an irritated plainclothes officer arrived at the Saturday afternoon gala and flashed his badge, organizers feared the worst.
After some fraught negotiations, Hannah Miller, an American teacher who helped put together the weeklong festival, agreed to limit the crowds, keep the noise down and, most important, “not let anything happen that might embarrass the government,” she explained after returning from the impromptu sidewalk meeting. “That was a close call,” she said.
Crisis averted, the party continued. Continue reading ‘NYT: Gay festival in China pushes official boundaries’
10 June 2009
China bans parts of gay festival
By Chris Hogg
BBC News, Beijing
The organisers of China’s first Gay Pride Festival have been told to cancel two of their sessions.
The news came on the very day a state-run newspaper described the Shanghai festival as of “profound significance”.
Officials have warned the owners of two venues planning to hold a play and a film screening they would face “severe consequences” if they went ahead. Continue reading ‘BBC: China bans parts of gay festival’
10 June 2009
Pride of tolerance
Updated: 2009-06-10 07:58
The ongoing Shanghai Pride 2009, the largest festival of the gay and lesbian community on the Chinese mainland, is a good showcase of the country’s social progress alongside the three decades of economic boom.
For long, most Chinese viewed the phenomenon of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals as weird imports from the decadent West. Even though there is mention of homosexual practices in ancient Chinese dynasties and literature, it was not until 1997 that gay sex was decriminalized in China. And, it was only in 2001 that homosexual behavior was taken off the official list of mental disorders. Continue reading ‘China Daily: Pride of tolerance’