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Chinese Court Brands Homosexuality As ‘Mental Disorder’, LGBTQ+ Community Shows Disappointment

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Recently, the Chinese court has confirmed homosexuality as a ”psychological disorder”, following a description given in a textbook. The court had confirmed that it was not a factual error but a description in regards to the academic view.

In regards to this, the Chinese LGBTQ+ community, and the 24-year-old woman who had filed the lawsuit, have shown disappointment towards the decision taken by Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Ou Jiayong, who also uses the name XiXi, has reported that what the court had termed as a “factual error” was “random and baseless”. In 2016, when she was a first-year student at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Xixi came across a psychology textbook that had reported being gay as a mental disorder. “I feel at a loss, because they didn’t even have a trial, they just handed down the judgment,” said XiXi.

To Know More, You May Refer To:

Zhang, P. (2021, March 2). Chinese court ruled textbook can call homosexuality a mental disorder. South China Morning Post. https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/gender-diversity/article/3123549/homosexuality-can-be-called-mental-disorder

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