The Shenzhen ‘China Charity Fair,’ is apparently a hetero-only affair, as several gay-rights advocacy groups were asked to leave the meet-up this weekend. PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) as well as the Beijing LGBT Centre were barred from the event. Fortunately, some wonderfully respectful official requested that they simply remove any references to ‘Homosexual’ from their group, so problem solved, right?
South China Morning Post reports:
“They told us we are not registered with the ministry and therefore were not allowed to promote anything at the fair,” said A Qiang (not his real name), a senior worker at PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) China, a Guangzhou-based organization that helps gay parents.
Volunteers obliged and stopped passing out educational pamphlets about the LGBT community, he said. […]
A Qiang said he had been trying to register his group for years by making at least a dozen visits to local government, but all to no avail. An official once told him that no law in China says homosexual is “legal”, so they couldn’t possibly approve his request.
“I told him no law in China says it’s illegal, either,” he said. “But this didn’t work.”
In another meeting, one official suggested that he remove the word “homosexual” from the name he tried to register for the group, to which A Qaing flatly refused.