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LGBT em­ploy­ees in China tell their bosses their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion

“There was some con­tro­versy in the be­gin­ning over whether it was ap­pro­pri­ate to have an en­tre­pre­neur from a com­pany that spe­cial­izes in the same-sex sec­tor. But the pro­ducer be­lieved it was a pos­i­tive thing to do as the show is ded­i­cated to build­ing an equal plat­form for em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees,” he said.

Words and ex­pres­sions con­tain­ing the Chi­nese term tongx­inglian, which means ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, were not used through­out the show. In­stead, it was sub­sti­tuted with im­plicit terms such as “same-sex so­cial net­work”. The show had also omit­ted the seg­ments in which the job seek­ers re­veal their gay iden­tity when broad­cast­ing.

Nev­er­the­less, the show en­cour­aged some LGBT job seek­ers to share their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions and cor­rect the stereo­types held by the po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers on the pro­gram.

Geng said: “I was very im­pressed when other bosses on the show keep their lights on for a tal­ented gay man even though they knew he was de­ter­mined to choose my com­pany.”

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