Poll: Young peo­ple more open to sex­ual diver­sity

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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