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Qiu Bai speaks to the media with her lawyer Wang Zhenyu (L) in front of Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court on November 24, 2015. (GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Woman sues after Chinese textbook says homosexuality is a “disorder”

By WITW Staff on June 17, 2016

A 21-year-old lesbian from Guangdong, China, has brought a complaint against the Chinese Ministry of Education over textbooks that describe homosexuality in a negative light — and a Beijing court has agreed to hear the case.

Chinese media report that the textbooks in question describe homosexuality as a “disorder.” Qiu Bai (a pseudonym) hopes they can be changed to describe homosexuality with more objectivity.

She has a history of agitating for change, bringing two other such cases against the Ministry in 2014 and 2016, and lodging a formal complaint. Her earlier efforts did not go far.

Homosexuality in China was decriminalized in 1997 and in 2001, it was removed from the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders, but discrimination remains a reality.

Read the full story at the BBC.


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