Monday, December 21, 2009
China's First Government-Endorsed Gay Bar!
This week, China opened its first government-endorsed gay bar! And while there's speculation that many gay bars already exist in China—such as the shady Beijing Betty's which features heavily in my third Fathom's Five novel, THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON—the newly opened club was partially funded with local government money. It's a step in the right direction for China, who has an estimated gay population of 30 million but didn't decriminalize homosexuality until 1997. In fact, until 2001 homosexuality was still officially considered a mental illness in China.