Some Chinese high schools, colleges plan LGBT events

By Yin Han Source:Global Times Published: 2018/5/16 21:23:41

Some high schools and colleges in China are planning to hold events for the forthcoming International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which falls on Thursday, with experts calling for promoting LGBT awareness among young people.

"We have prepared more than 100 rainbow-colored wristbands, dozens of rainbow stickers as well as pamphlets introducing LGBT, all of which will be distributed on our campus tomorrow," Xiaolan, a member of "WHU Gender and Sexuality Equality," a student club at Wuhan University (WHU) in Central China's Hubei Province, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

The events are meant to raise awareness of LGBT rights violations, Xiaolan said.

Similar events are also being planned at Beijing No.80 High School.

Two versions of rainbow-colored stickers are expected to be distributed among students from the school's international department on Thursday, according to an article posted on a student club's WeChat account "Manyanshe."

The activity was inspired by similar events launched by students of The Affiliated High School of Peking University and Beijing National Day School, the article said.

"It is important to let young people know about LGBT and have an objective view of the group, and spreading knowledge is the best way to do so," Damien Lu, executive director of the Chinese nonprofit organization Aibai Culture and Education Center, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

"It is worth noting that public acceptance of LGBT is part of society's development, which requires patience. An overnight change will not happen," Peng Xiaohui, a sexology professor at Wuhan's Central China Normal University, told the Global Times.

Aside from colleges and schools, some LGBT groups are planning events on Thursday. A Beijing-based choir named "Beijing Queer," identifying itself the only LGBT choir that performs in public, released a new song on Wednesday titled "No Prejudice" and gained 890 likes on Weibo.


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