[omitted because i dun want that trash on my blog]
a) The government of China is not civilian-elected. No handful of people is responsible for or representative of an entire nation or their policies unless that handful of people is Parliament.
I think the OP of this post is a troll, but as a Chinese person… I kind of want to address the preconception that China is apparently some shit-hole homophobic place.
First, while homosexuality has been “legal” in the China since 1997, China never had any Sodomy Laws therefore homosexuality was never criminalized. It’s also been taken off the Mental Disorders list officially since 2001.
Whereas in the United States of America, it was in 2003 that the Supreme Court invalidated sodomy laws in the remaining 14 states (Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia).
But I mean then there’s this tidbit:
As of February 2014, 17 states have not yet either formally repealed their laws, or else revised them to accurately reflect their true scope in the aftermath of Lawrence v. Texas. Often, the sodomy law was drafted to also encompass other forms of sexual conduct such as bestiality, and no attempt has subsequently succeeded in separating them. Ten states’ statutes purport to ban all forms of sodomy (which may also include oral intercourse), regardless of the participants’ genders: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Three states specifically target their statutes at same-sex relations: Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
Yup, that’s right, China is at least 6 years ahead of at least 14 States in the US when it came to decriminalizing Homosexuality. And if you consider fucking Texas, 17 years!
Texas, making China look progressive since 1997. New slogan.
Anyways, moving on!
The Chinese government’s official stance on homosexuality is: 不支持；不反对；不提倡. Which means: Not supported. Not opposed. Not recommended. In other words completely neutral.
There are actually plenty of:
queer movies (Lanyu/Beijing Story, Fairwell My Concubine, Love at the First Degree, just to name the famous ones)
literature, academic studies/papers on queer issues (published by Nationally owned companies, no less)
gay bars/hangouts in major cities.
China is on her way to legalizing gay marriage as well. Contrary to what western people like you might believe, the CCP Government, while certainly all shades of fucked up in some areas of human rights, is not inherently homophobic.
In rural parts and some 2-nd/3rd-tier cities of China, the overall sentiment is still quite conservative. Please keep in mind that in 1949, which is a little over 60 years ago, most of China was illiterate. People hold on to old traditions and prejudices when they are uneducated, and even today we are making steps forward.
However, if wasn’t for a centralized and unelected government and if it was up to a popular vote, or if China had an election cycle like the US, homosexuality would NOT have been decriminalized as early as 1997 because of the larger (rural) populous’ prejudices. (essentially the same problem the States have right now, I guess…?)
So keep this in mind.
The CCP is an atheist organization. Those who joins the party MUST cut all ties with any organized religion. Therefore, there is no theological opposition within the party against gay marriage. HOWEVER, China has a sizable Muslim population (the ethnic minorities Hui, Uyghur has a Muslim majority while some Kazakh and Uzbek are Muslim) There has been quite a bit of unrest in the poorer Uyghur regions already, and it is very unlikely that the central government would give them another topic to band together and draw more people towards their independence sentiments.
However, Li Yinhe (a really famous sexology professor and activist) has been introducing same-sex marriage legislation to the People’s Congress since 2003 now, and she vowed to continue on until it becomes law. Officially, the CCP’s stance on same-sex marriage is that it’s an inevitability (fairly clear if you read between the lines), but that “the people” are not ready for it “yet”.