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Global Journalist: Gay Rights in China


Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows.

By one estimate, as many as 80 percent of the country's 20 million gay men marry women due to social pressure. The phenomenon is so common it has its own word in Mandarin, "tongqi," or "gay man's wife."
But the views of LGBT people are changing, particularly in China's biggest cities. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how Chinese views of gay rights are evolving.

Joining the program:

  • Fan Popo, a Chinese filmmaker and gay rights activist
  • Casey Miller, an anthropologist at Brown University who researches Chinese sexuality
  • Benjamin Law, an Australian journalist and author of "Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East"
  • Richard Burger, author of "Behind the Red Door: Sex in China"

Jason left Global Journalist in 2019
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