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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 11:43 AM
About two weeks ago, the 2005 Beijing Gay and Lesbian Cultural Festival — a weekend of gay-themed activities — was stopped by the police.
Blogging filmmaker Beijing or Bust posted the following report:
[11:00am] Received a text message from my friend Bill that the first gay & lesbian cultural festival has changed venue...
The end of the Gay and Lesbian Culture Festival did not affect the weekend's gaynightlife. Beijing or Bust describes the scene at Destination:
After a few drinks my eyes started to blur. The gay man I had planned to interview was chatting with his very cute and very young “friend”. A couple of gay punks with their hair dyed blond danced cheek-to-cheek in front of me. A business-type in a very nice dress jacket was squeezing his way into the dance floor with his two handsome assistants. A group of young and trendy guys occupied a corner, barely moved their hips and looked at the dancing crowd with a slight disdain. Student types were hopping up and down like crazy. Fag-hags were smiling their big smiles. And standing in the corners in 2s and 3s, dressed in the latest street fashion, were the money boys who were straight but making a living with the gay renminbi...
At the same time as all of this was going on, the state-owned weekly Beijing Review published an issue with the front cover pictured above — Accepting Alternative Lifestyle. The magazine contains a feature story about gay life in China, complete with a vocabulary guide:
Pocket Dictionary of China’s Homosexuals
It is worth noting that Beijing Review is owned by the state-owned China Publishing Group, and is under the direct control of the State Council Information Office, for which it has been publishing propaganda since 1958.
The message from the government is quite clear: be as gay as you want, just don't try to organize a large group of people to get together and talk about it too loudly.
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