Gay TV Comes to China
Posted on Apr 5, 2007
A Hong Kong broadcaster is about to release China’s first gay-themed TV show. Although the program will air only over the Internet, it’s a big step for a country that treated homosexuality, or “buggery,” as a mental illness until 2001.
It will be a forum for gay people “to get in touch with each other and communicate”, Gang told Reuters news agency.
“In a lot of major Chinese cities, gay people are playing sports, swimming, working out, singing karaoke - they are getting together in all types of activities,” he said.
The show is a sign that attitudes to gay rights are slowly changing, says the BBC’s Dan Griffiths in Beijing.
Things have moved on, but many gays still have a difficult struggle in the face of traditional ideas about the family, especially those living in more conservative rural areas, our correspondent says.