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Gay wedding reflects growing tolerance in China (2)


15:47, October 20, 2012

"Traditionally, gay men will marry women to hide their sexual orientation, which in many cases brings a lot of pain to the family," said Xiao Tie, a program director at the Beijing LGBT Center, an organization that provides social services and advocacy programs for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

"By marrying in public, the couple made a public declaration that they want to be like everyone else in our society," the activist said.

Their marriage will help the rest of society to get to know and better understand the gay community, she added.

"I think it sets a very good example for China's gay community, " said Zhang Beichuan, a renowned sexologist.

But Zhang also voiced concerns.

"Gay people are still discriminated against in many aspects of our society, partly because the general public do not know the gay community very well," said Zhang.

"In addition, traditional Chinese culture defines a marriage as being between a man and a woman. When two men marry, it is regarded as immoral," Zhang added.

"As gay people, what we need is respect and understanding. I hope people will get to know us better. Discrimination should never be a choice," Lu said.

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