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Lesbian

Gigi Chao - reluctant celebrity

Wealthy people are definitely different.

Thursday, 11 July, 2013, 4:07pm 3 comments

Hope of a rainbow society spurs activist

Sam Zhao, 27, is a leading lesbian campaigner who aims to foster tolerance towards homosexuality in Chinese society. The part-time editor-in-chief of Les Plus, the only lesbian magazine on the mainland, Zhao was a key organiser of the mainland's first lesbian drama and helped organise a gay-wedding photo shoot at Qianmen in Beijing.

How did you get into publishing Les Plus?

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

On the whole, attitudes easing towards gays

We intended to welcome signs of increasing tolerance by mainland authorities. That was before Beijing police forced organisers of the mainland's first gay pageant to cancel it, just an hour before it was to begin on Friday night. Now we are not so sure. The event had been widely reported in advance, including in state media, and a rehearsal on Thursday passed without incident.

18 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

A clear preference to shun question

Why is it so many people, fans and non-fans alike, get so worked up about whether I am gay or not? I think it's just like asking, 'Do you like or not like broccoli?' or 'Do you prefer autumn or summer?' It really doesn't matter. Whether the answer is yes or no, you approve or disapprove, this will not make my songs any better or worse.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

'There is too much repression in society over sex topics'

The Chinese University Student Press has continued to publish controversial articles despite the Obscene Articles Tribunal's classification and mounting pressure on the paper over its sex columns since last year.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Gay groups to protest against political 'family values' advert

Homosexual concern groups will stage a protest today outside the offices of a conservative religious group that placed an advertisement calling on the government and Legislative Council election candidates to defend heterosexual marriage.

7 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Film studies: faking it

As names go, the First Hong Kong Fake Film Festival certainly takes some beating.

The title has nothing to do with pirated DVDs or DIY parodies of cinematic classics, however. Instead, the movies centre on gay characters and how they've been misrepresented by local filmmakers.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hotline assistance at the Horizons

People share their volunteering experience

Pierre Cheng (not his real name) is a volunteer at Horizons, Hong Kong's longest running counselling organisation specialising in sexual orientation and gender identity issues and the first sexual counselling group to be granted charity status by the government.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rare outing in a conservative city

In a sexually oppressed society where homosexuality is still a taboo, finding three lesbians willing to come forward and commit their life experiences to film was no easy feat.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Out of the shadows

The media have spent the past two weeks dutifully reporting every aspect of the annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. But while they were doing that, chat on the internet was dominated by two rather more sensational stories - about marginalised members of society who weren't represented at these meetings.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

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