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China’s LGBTQ students experience crackdown

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China’s communist government is coming down heavily on the LGBTQ community, initiating measures to keep them under constant surveillance in a university and instructing broadcasters to stop using “effeminate men” in television programmes in order to promote “revolutionary culture”.

In a country where there is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships or marriage, the attempt of the Chinese Communist Party to gain control over the country’s education, culture and entertainment is ending up interfering in people’s private lives.

In the latest crackdown on entertainment programmes on television, the Chinese television regulator is hear saying, “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics”. The insulting slang used for “effeminate men” is “niang pao”, literally, “girlie guns”.

The official concern is that television programmes are not encouraging China’s young men to be masculine enough, instead copying, as some Chinese pop stars do, the sleek, girlish look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors.
The Diplomat echoed the concern of the LGBTQ community in China: “There are concerns that the official emphasis on masculinity – as the party defines it – will evolve into a formal crackdown on gay Chinese in the name of protecting China’s youth, similar to campaigns seen in Russia. Already, China has instituted stricter censorship of LGBTQ and related terms on social media. Earlier this summer, social media giant WeChat deleted the official accounts of over a dozen........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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