The Economist has a very good article up on the unfortunate lives of tongqi, women who have married gay men. In America, about 15 to 20% of gay men marry heterosexual women. In China, that figure may be as high as 90%. Called tongqi, a mix between 同志 (tongzhi – “comrade,” a slang term for gays) and 妻子 (qi zi – wife), there are an estimated 25 million of them. Some places have popped up online to be a sounding board for their frustrations – many, despite knowing their husbands are gay, choose not to leave them because of familial pressure.