Look: LGBT rights activists takes to street to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Changsha
A gay couple kiss during a demonstration to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Changsha, Hunan province May 17, 2013.
A total of 105 homosexsual activists across China attended the gay pride parade in Changsha in central China’s Hunan province on Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013, demanding the public to treat gay people fairly, according to Xiaoxiang Morning Post based in Changsha.
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT was conceived in 2004 to commemorate the WHO’s decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1990.
The LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists, including 50 men and 55 women, were from 14 different regions of China including Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangdong, Chongqing, Hubei, Zhejiang, Hunan, etc..
The parade started in the afternoon along the Xiang River in the Hexi University Town. The activists wore suits with logo of their organization, held up rainbow flags representing gay pride and banners saying "gays are ordinary people", "Believe in love, Emboldened to love and Love freely", "Care for young same sex lovers", etc., handed out flyers to passers-by and asked for signature of support from city residents.
The purpose of the demonstration, according to organizers, was to advocate gay rights, call the public to treat Chinese gays and lesbians fairly and to encourage domestic LGBT people in their sexual preference.
The demonstration, claimed by the organizer to be the largest ever of its kind in China, was apparently acquiesced or approved by the city of Changsha although China very rarely permit its citizens to take to the street to voice their demands for or anger against something. And the event was widely reported in almost all major online news websites in China.
Chinese LGBT group of people have been emboldened to express their attitude publicly in recent years. On the same day of last year, dozens of Chinese youths also held similar demonstrations in several Chinese cities to call for an end to the discrimination against same sex love.
China ruled same sex love a mental disease before 2001.
The majority of Chinese netizens still find it difficult to accept same sex love as normal social phenomenon. Some are especially uncomfortable to see their public activities.
温柔的单面 (Netease user): I do not oppose you for whom you choose to make love, but can you not come out to make a spectacle of yourselves? F**K.
难么卵(Netease user): Oh my god what is going on in this world? I do not support you, nor oppose you, but it is fault of you to publicly turn others’ stomach.
A Netease user from Xi’an, Shanxi: I faint to see the slogan “I am proud of being a gay”. Where does your pride come from for something very common?
过河牵羊(Netease user): I support gays but oppose lesbians (leaving more girls for me to choose)！！！
132521502 (Netease user): It depends on you to bring the prospect of human extinction to truth.