January 28 will usher in the year of the rooster in Chinese astrology. While the Chinese honor their deities and ancestors during the Spring Festival, we take a look at LGBTs in China; now and in the imperial past.
35 — Percent of Chinese gay men said in a 2008 survey that they’d contemplated suicide.
12/19/2014 — Date of a ruling in a landmark LGBT rights case in which a Beijing court told a Chinese clinic to pay compensation to Yang Teng, a gay man who sued over electroshock conversion therapy.
40 Million — 2012 estimate of the total population of gay men and women in China.
3 percent of men, 6 percent of women — Gay and lesbian Chinese who described themselves as completely out. 18% of the men said they were out to their families, and nearly 80% were not because of family pressure.
The 12th and final ruler of the Qing dynasty and the Last Emperor of China, Puyi (1906–1967), was widely rumored to be gay.
70 percent — Estimated number of gay men in China who marry straight women in an effort to fulfill social and familial obligations.
1997 & 2001 — Years when homosexuality was decriminalized in China and then declassified as a mental illness.
57 percent — Percentage of Chinese who said in 2013 that homosexuality should not be accepted by society.
2015 — Year when film regulators approved the theatrical release of China’s first openly gay love story, 'Seek McCartney,' helmed by noted director Wang Chao.
Third — Century in which homosexuality was as common as heterosexuality, according to writings from the Liu Song dynasty: “All the gentlemen and officials esteemed it."