This is the third post about Asian sexy men, and the selection is mainly of handsome guys from China. Smooth bodies, or strong bodies, all are very attractive and the way they pause very appealing… At the same time you can also discover how homosexuality was considered in China in the past and also nowodays.
GAY BEHAVIOR IN CHINA
Homosexuality in China was traditionally widespread in the region prior to the spread of Christian and Islamic values via Central Asia. Historically, homosexual relationships were regarded as a normal facet of life, and the existence of homosexuality in China has been well documented since ancient times.
Many early Chinese emperors are speculated to have had homosexual relationships, accompanied by heterosexual ones. Opposition to homosexuality and the rise of homophobia did not become firmly established in China until the 19th and 20th centuries, through the Westernization efforts of the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic of China. Homosexuality was banned in the People’s Republic of China, until it was legalised in 1997.
HOW TO SAY “GAY” IN CHINESE
The formal modern word for “homosexuality” is tongxinglian 同性戀 which means same-sex relations or same sex love) and tongxinglian zhe 同性戀者 means homosexual people.
In the gay community the word “tongzhi” 同志 is used; literally it means ‘comrade’, it is Mandarin Chinese slang referring to homosexuals; such usage is seen in Taiwan, however tongzhi is used both in the context of the “comrade” definition (e.g. used in speeches by Communist Party officials) and to homosexuals. Among gay university students, the acronym “datong” 大同 is becoming popular. Datong is short for daxuesheng tongzhi ( homosexuals students).
HOMOSEXUALITY IN ANCIENT CHINA
The political ideologies, philosophies, and religions of ancient China regarded homosexual relationships as a normal facet of life, and in some cases, promoted homosexual relationships as exemplary. Ming Dynasty literature, such as Biang Er Chai, has been argued to portray homosexual relationships between men as more enjoyable and more “harmonious” than heterosexual relationships.
Like in Ancient Rome, homosexual relationships were prevalent in ancient China and were not regarded as morally deviant prior to the influence of foreign cultures.
Opposition to homosexuality in China originates in the medieval Tang Dynasty, attributed to the rising influence of Christian and Islamic values, but did not become fully established until the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.
BEING GAY TODAY IN CHINA
Homosexuality was legalized in Hong Kong in 1991, and the age of consent was equalized with heterosexual acts in 2006. Same-sex unions are not recognized, but transgender people can have gender on most official documents changed. The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance 1991 outlaws government discrimination, but not private discrimination.
Homosexuality has been legal in the mainland PRC since 1997; it was removed from the Ministry of Health’s list of mental illnesses in 2001. Same-sex unions and adoptions are not legal, and there are no anti-discrimination laws. Though men who have sex with men are included in anti-HIV efforts, gay relationships are censored from television and movies, and police raids continued in 2010
China recognizes neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions. A poll conducted in 2009 showed that over 30% of the Beijing population supports same-sex marriage, while the rest were unsure or opposed.
The attitude of the Chinese government towards homosexuality is believed to be “three nos”: “No approval; no disapproval; no promotion.”
The Ministry of Health officially removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 2001, but same-sex marriage is still not considered. A government spokesperson, when asked about Li Yinhe’s gay marriage proposal, said that same-sex marriage was still too “ahead of time” for China. He argued that same-sex marriage was not recognized even in many Western countries, which are considered much more liberal in social issues than China.
This statement is understood as an implication that the government may consider recognition of same-sex marriage in the long run, but not in the near future.
In addition, the Chinese government requires parents adopting children from China to be in heterosexual marriages