Poll: Young people more open to sexual diversity
Only one in 20 people who belong to a sexual or genderidentity minority in China are fully open about that aspect of their life, according to a UN report.
At the same time, the country’s younger generation “is more open and accepting of sexual diversity” than their parents, said the report by the United Nations Development Programme.
“Despite social progress in the past decade, sex and gender minority groups are still largely invisible in daily life and in media,” said Wu Lijuan, professor of sociology at Peking University, who led the survey, which included 18,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (who do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies) respondents and more than 10,000 non-LGBTI people.
While there are no official figures about China’s LGBT population, if the numbers reflect those seen in surveys conducted overseas, they would account for 3-5 percent of the population — roughly 40 to 70 million people.
Among the total 28,454 respondents, two-thirds in the post-90s generation “don’t mind getting close to” gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, compared with 56.3 percent of those born before 1970, the report said.
Meanwhile, only 8.9 percent of the post-90s generation said they would not accept their child as a sexual or gender minority, compared with 35.3 percent of those over age 46.