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“The lo­cal civil af­fairs depart­ment should not refuse the ap­peal to es­tab­lish a ho­mo­sex­ual or­ga­ni­za­tion. Sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is a per­sonal choice, and oth­ers should not in­ter­vene. Ho­mo­sex­u­als also have their rights. We should treat them nor­mally and give them more un­der­stand­ing and tol­er­ance.”

28, a post­grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics “It is dif­fi­cult for ho­mo­sex­u­als to get sup­port and recog­ni­tion from the govern­ment. It is un­re­al­is­tic to set up a ho­mo­sex­ual or­ga­ni­za­tion in China, be­cause so­ci­ety gen­er­ally can­not ac­cept this. But I will sup­port the ap­peal, as ev­ery­one is free to make their own choice. The pub­lic should not dis­crim­i­nate against ho­mo­sex­u­als.”

20, a univer­sity stu­dent ma­jor­ing in man­age­ment “The ap­peal to es­tab­lish a ho­mo­sex­ual or­ga­ni­za­tion might ad­vo­cate and en­cour­age ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, which is in­di­vid­ual be­hav­ior and should not be­come group be­hav­ior.”

a 31-year-old man, who works in the fi­nance in­dus­try “It is nec­es­sary and mean­ing­ful to le­gal­ize this ho­mo­sex­ual or­ga­ni­za­tion, which will help to carry out AIDS preven­tion work. We can con­tact more ho­mo­sex­u­als through the or­ga­ni­za­tion. With ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in­creas­ing in China, AIDS in­fec­tions are ris­ing. I will con­tinue to sup­port their ap­pli­ca­tion.”

a gay AIDS pa­tient work­ing with an NGO to com­bat the dis­ease

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