Educator: 16 Million Women Married to Gay Men in China

A Chinese educator estimates 16 million women are married to gay men in China due to social stigma:

Gay_beijingProfessor Zhang Bei-chuan at Qingdao University, an authority on AIDS and HIV, says that due to traditional family values in China, about 90 percent of homosexual men get married because of pressure to conform.

"But their wives are struggling to cope and their plight should be recognized," he said on Thursday…

…Xiao now runs a website called "Homeland of gays' wives", which has 1,200 registered users and provides support and advice.

"The website makes them feel they're not alone and empowers them to make the right choices," she said.
Zhang said that getting their voice heard was the first step to raising public awareness.

Image from a gay wedding held in Beijing a year ago.

Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:17pm ETC by Andy Towle
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