LGBT rights are not a trendy brand
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