LGBT rights are not a trendy brand

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS -

LGBT rights were mys­te­ri­ous but not com­pletely taboo dur­ing my school years. One of my high school class­mates in­sisted that she was a les­bian – even though she had dated sev­eral guys be­fore. And I am more than glad to see that the Chi­nese so­ci­ety and the Chi­nese peo­ple are more and more open to the topic of LGBT rights and gen­der equal­ity, but the de­scribed phe­nom­e­non of Chi­nese stu­dents’ so-called “ris­ing aware­ness of their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion” was not a good sign to me (Con­fus­ing sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, Novem­ber 29).

First of all, the of­fi­cial sex­ual ed­u­ca­tion in China re­mains far from sat­is­fy­ing and ad­mit­tedly many of the stu­dents’ knowl­edge about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity comes from nov­els, movies and on­line posts. More­over, some LGBT rights ac­tivists may have glo­ri­fied them­selves in my opin­ion. It may be a nec­es­sary move to let voices be heard, but it may be­come a model for teenagers who fan­ta­size to be­come fa­mous or pop­u­lar. In the end, fig­ur­ing out one’s own sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion goes into another ex­treme when more peo­ple an­nounce they are gay to win more at­ten­tion. I be­lieve that is not what the LGBT com­mu­nity would want. The com­mu­nity is in pur­suit of true re­spect and equal­ity, not be­ing a copy­cat.

An­dreas Zhang, by email

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