Mon, March 12, 2012
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Homogenius: news and views

2012-03-12 15:41:45 GMT2012-03-12 23:41:45(Beijing Time)  City Weekend

Workers at a Chaoyang registry office got a surprise this Valentine’s Day when two gay couples – one male, one female – turned up to tie the knot. This year 3,900 couples got officially hitched on V-Day, according to the government – but that number, alas, does not include gay couples, who are still not legally allowed to marry in China. Ultimately, the two ‘weddings’ turned out to be a polite protest organised by the Beijing LGBT Center; the ‘couples’ were, in fact, not even properly dating – one girl wasn’t even gay. But, said Guo Ziyang, executive director of the centre, while the vows may not have been delivered, the message certainly was: ‘We told people about our misfortune at the registry, and their reactions were more than sympathetic. A girl selling flowers there offered us a free bunch of roses, and another one burst into tears while giving us her best wishes. Even the grannies nearby expressed their support.’


On February 13, Washington became the seventh US state to sign a same-sex marriage bill; that same day, Beijing-based sexologist and long-time advocate of the gay community Li Yinhe used the moment to announce that she will also be proposing a same-sex amendment to the marriage bill in this year’s National People’s Congress – through Chi Susheng, a lawyer. Sadly, her previous attempts – in 2003, 2005 and 2006 – were all to no avail. Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be too pessimistic – if our queer peers can make it happen in a country as religious as the US, maybe their equivalents in China can sway an atheist government?


Finally, if you haven’t been to Destination in a while and are looking for a reason to return, good news: the bar is hosting huMEN’s Dream, an art exhibition organised by independent curator 2046 (yes, that’s apparently the name of an actual person), which includes work by five Chinese men, three of whom are gay. Photography, sculpture, painting and digital media will be used to ‘contemplate and explore men’s feelings, values and cultures’. It runs until Sunday 18 March, and entrance is free from 2pm to 8pm, so if you’re still not sure about your weekend plans, maybe you’ll find your ‘Dream’ date at Destination…


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