Homosexuality in China has been documented in China since ancient times. According to one study, homosexuality was regarded as a normal facet of life in China, prior to the Western impact of onwards. For most of the 20th century, homosexual sex was banned in the People's Republic of China until it was legalized in In , homosexuality was removed from the official list of mental illnesses in China. People's Daily, China's political propaganda newspaper, published a commentary in Chinese emphasizing that there is more than one sexual orientation in the world, and that homosexuality is by no means a psychological disorder. Citing a textbook of sex education for primary school students in China, the article argued: It's personal choice as to whether you approve of homosexuality or not.
The reason may be that to year-olds tend to be out of college and in the workforce, where they may face overwhelming social discrimination, according to a study co-authored by Assistant Professor Thomas Lee in the Office of Public Health Studies at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , is part of a recent effort among public health researchers to develop a better understanding of the mental health of the LGBTQ community. Lee and colleagues administered questionnaires to gay men in China. Some of the surveys were conducted face-to-face, but the majority were administered online. More specifically, the link to the survey was shared with live-chat applications specifically designed for gay men in China. The men answered questions that allowed the researchers to measure feelings of loneliness and whether the study subjects were experiencing depression, anxiety or other psychological problems.
The teacher was dismissed in August from a school in the coastal city of Qingdao after he posted some comment on social media about an LGBT event he had attended, he told Reuters. The teacher, who declined to be identified, said he was told by the school principal that parents may not want a gay man teaching their children. The teacher was asked to leave without sufficient severance or payment for his 10 percent stake in the school, said his lawyer, Tang Xiangqian.
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