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Gay Activist Denied Permission to Register NGO in Chinese Province

The Chinese province of Hunan has denied gay activist Xiang Yuhan's application to form a non-governmental organization (NGO) for LGBT people because homosexuality is "against spiritual civilization," the NYT reports:

HunanStamped with the red star of the state, the response came: Homosexuality was “against spiritual civilization construction” and “in violation of morals,” the Hunan Province Civil Affairs Department said, in a rare demonstration of an official position on homosexuality from a branch of the Chinese state, which usually adopts a “don’t tell and we won’t ask” attitude.

The response, dated Nov. 26, came days before the release of government figures showing a rapid rise in H.I.V. infections among younger people, especially homosexuals, highlighting a health risk that activists say needs to be addressed with greater openness and social acceptance.

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  1. "against spiritual civilization"???

    Trying to say that their civilization is spiritual? Now that is ludicrous.

    Posted by: Joel | Dec 9, 2013 1:01:21 PM

  2. But smog is just fine.

    Posted by: JK | Dec 9, 2013 1:03:50 PM

  3. is there a country in greater need of a non-breeding population

    Posted by: terry | Dec 9, 2013 7:15:03 PM

  4. For some reason the comment I posted evaporated. I'm not sure why. Surely it is not offensive to anyone but the provincial government to suggest that they "jump in the lake", which is a funny twist on the English phrase, "go jump in a lake," given that Hunan is a compound word with "hu" meaning "lake" and "nan" meaning "south": in Mandarin the province is named based on its geographic location relative to a lake.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 10, 2013 12:55:32 AM

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