Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Homosexual marriage faces social pressure

By Tian Ying, Zhang Hui (Xinhua)

08:03, April 01, 2013

BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Nine years into his second marriage, Yang Bin still awkwardly refers to his wife as "my date" while conversing with others. The failure to settle for a heterosexual marriage has once again saddled him with guilt and remorse.

Yang Bin (not his real name), born in 1970 in the outskirts of China's Tianjin Municipality, is now the owner of a small restaurant. He looks pale and speaks in an utterly gentle voice, his face covered with chiseled wrinkles.

Like many Chinese homosexuals, Yang has a sad story of struggling in heterosexual marriage, as China's family-centered culture accentuates one getting married and carrying on the family name, and the social tolerance for homosexuals is still limited, particularly in less-developed areas.

Yang's story unfolded when he noticed at a very young age that he was different from his peers. "I never had any special feelings for girls but my heart beat fast for boys," he says.

As Yang grew older, he realized he was gay. However, this knowledge spent a long time locked up deep in his mind, unexpressed to anyone as the sexual tendency was deemed abnormal and untenable by Chinese in the 1980s and 1990s, when homosexuality was included in the official Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders.

It wasn't until 1997, when Yang was 27, that he got his first chance to meet other homosexuals. In a park frequented by gays, a man approached and flirted with him. The experience excited Yang and the next day, he returned to the park, boldly found another man and "everything that should happen happened."

【1】 【2】

We Recommend:

China's weekly story (2013.3.9-3.15)

Painting a tattoo on body with your own style

Modern life of Chinese elderly

Young & confident: 'We want to fly'

Brave young mother in the 4th year of university

China cities put on spring style

What house can you buy with 1m yuan?

Seeking a dream wedding at Beijing Wedding Expo

Girls who live like boys, play like boys

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:GaoYinan、Chen Lidan)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Knight Festival opens in Berlin

  2. Cherry blossoms bloom in Vancouver

  3. Patrol ship around Huangyan Islands

  4. Waterfowls seen in Three Gorges Reservoir

  5. Rescuers still searching for survivors in Tibet landslide

  6. Body found after Tibet landslide buries 83

  7. Beauties in China Fashion Week

  8. 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung's death

  9. Detailed property curbs in Beijing, Shanghai

  10. New York Int'l Auto Show kicks off

Most Popular


  1. Xi's visit starts new era of China-Africa relations
  2. Opinion: It's high time to stop hijacking Tibetans
  3. Significant risks remain for global economy:BRICS
  4. BRICS summit offers bright sunrise
  5. Western leaders learned nothing from Iraq disaster
  6. Home prices thwarts people's 'Chinese dream'

What’s happening in China

Exhibition marks 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung's death

  1. Troops, police assist Tibet landslide rescue
  2. Minibus falls off cliff in C China, killing 6
  3. Emergency response to Tibet landslide
  4. Guangxi truck overturning kills child, injures 6
  5. Central China school attack suspect prosecuted