BLOG by Ami Li: Source is the South China Morning Post. Friday, 24 May, 2013. Thank you, Ami Li.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates across China took to the street to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Friday
A “pride parade” in Changsha on Friday. Photo: A Qiang
Activists in at least two Chinese cities (GUANGZHOU) and (CHANGSHA) were detained by police as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates across China, with unprecedented enthusiasm, took to the street to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Friday.
Yang Dai, an activist in Guangzhou, said about two dozen volunteers were passing out hand-made pamphlets about IDAHOBIT in front of a busy mall in downtown Guangzhou around 3pm when police officers approached them.
Activists were taken away for questioning and released about an hour later, said Yang. She said that while police didn’t criticise the event, they seemed concerned about the method used to promote it – delivering fliers.
Guangzhou activists were brought in by police for questioning. Photo: screenshot via Weibo
In the southern city of Changsha, capital city of Hunan province, a “pride parade” during the day drew over 100 participants from all over China, aged 16-54, according to participants.
The peaceful gathering remained uneventful until local police paid a visit to a hotel where activists were staying on Saturday morning. Four parade participants were taken away, said A Qiang, a Guangzhou-based activist and organiser of the Changsha parade.
By Saturday afternoon, three had been released and one was still being held.
Activists said they felt encouraged when the communist party’s official mouthpiece China Central Televesion published a Weibo post on Friday morning advocating respect for the LGBT community. But the post was soon deleted without any explanation. This triggered instant anger and protest. Hours later, CCTV republished the old post with a revised title: “Homosexuality is not a mental disease”
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OTHER PRIDE MARCHES IN CHINA. 20 May 2013
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