Tol­er­ance called for to­ward ho­mo­sex­u­als

Global Times - - View Point - Feng Qingyang, a me­dia com­men­ta­tor

Why can’t peo­ple hold an ob­jec­tive at­ti­tude to­ward ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity? If peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to­ward sex marks the level of a so­ci­ety’s civ­i­liza­tion and open­ness, then the at­ti­tude to­ward ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is an even more ob­vi­ous sym­bol.

We should not dis­crim­i­nate against or even de­fame ho­mo­sex­u­als as they, just like us, also con­trib­ute to a so­ci­ety and a way of life. Maybe I do not agree with their sex­ual pref­er­ence, but that does not get in the way of my re­spect and care for them. Why not treat them with an open mind?

Gay, les­bians and bi­sex­u­als are a mi­nor­ity group cur­rently of around 50 mil­lion, or about 2-5 per­cent of the Chi­nese pop­u­la­tion. Sci­en­tific re­search shows that sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is mostly es­tab­lished dur­ing early child­hood and is dif­fi­cult to change. Al­though China has achieved great de­vel­op­ment in its so­ci­ety and hu­man be­ings con­tinue to open their minds, that does not mean every­one can ac­cept ho­mo­sex­ual love. This leads to a lack of so­cial recog­ni­tion and no room for ho­mo­sex­ual mar­riage.

A main­stream trend of the world is that peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to­ward ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity has be­come in­creas­ingly tol­er­ant and in­clu­sive. Al­though China has not yet rec­og­nized same-sex mar­riage, it has re­moved ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity from the cat­e­gory of men­tal ill­ness.

Many coun­tries in­clud­ing Britain, France and Ger­many as well as some states in the US have le­gal­ized same-sex mar­riage.

China has made progress in at­ti­tudes to­ward ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, such as the abo­li­tion of the ho­mo­sex­ual “crime of hooli­gan­ism,” which is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of cul­tural con­fi­dence.

Love is great and truly trust­wor­thy. Ev­ery per­son is en­dowed with his or her unique emo­tion and per­son­al­ity, which con­trib­utes to a col­or­ful world. A per­son has the right to choose his or her own life­style and to pur­sue his or her own hap­pi­ness with­out jeop­ar­diz­ing the in­ter­ests of oth­ers.

A demo­cratic so­ci­ety must pro­tect the rights of mi­nor­ity groups. South­west China’s Yun­nan Prov­ince is at the cut­ting edge of China in show­ing re­spect and care for ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

For ex­am­ple, the prov­ince has set up a semi-of­fi­cial net­work for ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, a pub­lic wel­fare web­site that in­te­grates AIDS preven­tion, chat rooms, health­care and mak­ing friends.

I be­lieve that peo­ple should ac­cept ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. They are not harm­ful to so­ci­ety. They need more equal pro­tec­tion. More and more peo­ple come out to­day and they can face dis­putes about dis­tri­bu­tion of com­mon prop­erty if they buy a house af­ter liv­ing to­gether. They want to adopt chil­dren, but they can­not ob­tain le­gal qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

The le­gal­iza­tion of same-sex mar­riage seems far away in China. But at the very least, we should not la­bel ho­mo­sex­ual groups as alien.

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