Police shut down China’s first gay pageant
Just an hour before it was scheduled to start, police canceled what would have been China’s first gay pageant.
Everything was set at Bejing’s LAN club for a great show but police arrived and halted the final preparations. Organizers said the authorities told them it could not go on as planned because they did not do things “according to procedures”.
This comes after a series of Gay Pride Parades were canceled last year, with participants being threatened with severe penalty by the government if they went ahead.
Mr. Gay China aspirants hoped the competition would help change domestic stereotypes about homosexuality and show the rest of the world that gay people could be accepted in the country.
The pageant would have selected its representative to the Worldwide Mr. Gay competition next month in Norway. Homosexuality was illegal in China until 1997, and officials classified it as a mental disorder until 2001.
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