Gays in China no longer "sick"

April 2001
Contemporary Sexuality;Apr2001, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p8
It is informed that social restrictions around gays and lesbians have slackened over the past two decades in China. However, harassment still continues. Last July, at least 37 gay men were detained in a police crackdown on homosexuality. However, it is quite encouraging that homosexuality has been removed from a list of mental illnesses in China's psychiatric association's latest diagnostic manual. It is informed that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of disorders in 1973; the World Health Organization followed suit 20 years later. According to Dr. Chen Yanfang, the association's vice president, the new approach in China reflects a more tolerant understanding attitude towards gays. This has made possible for gays to lead a normal life.


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