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Mon Sep 12, 2016, 12:00 PM Sep 2016

Chinese gay activist challenges homosexuality 'disorder' textbooks

Qiu Bai is a university student in Guangzhou, China. She is trying to get textbooks to stop describing homosexuality as a disorder/illness. Chinese govt refuses to fix the textbooks, so she is filing suit. Wish her good luck!


Excerpt from Reuters article:
”Since 2001 when homosexuality was declassified as an illness in mainland China, 40 percent of the psychology and mental health teaching materials published on the mainland say homosexuality is an illness," Qiu said.

She first raised the issue and lodged legal cases with the Ministry of Education in 2015, as well as with publishers of the textbooks. But her complaints were ignored and her applications were rejected.

A promise by the Ministry of Education to deal with her case through their internal mediation process in return for dropping one of the lawsuits also failed to materialize, Qiu said.

"As someone studying within the education system, when the Ministry of Education tells me that the education materials have no connection with us and we won't deal with it, it's really disappointing."

Chinese gay activist challenges homosexuality 'disorder' textbooks (Original Post) GoDawgs Sep 2016 OP
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