#BLF2019# SHAM MARRIAGES: WHY LESBIANS AND GAYS WED IN CHINA

SHAM MARRIAGES: WHY LESBIANS AND GAYS WED IN CHINA
Dr Xiaopei He, Jingwen Kang

Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 PM
60 RMB | BW 19-2 | The Bookworm – TICKETS

“Cooperative marriages”, where gays and lesbians in China marry each other is a growing trend in a country where homosexuality is legal, but same-sex marriage is not, and where people often feel compelled to conform to social norms. Many of those who have come out as gay say they still face all kinds of societal discrimination, and so for many gay and lesbians building a fake relationship, and even having a baby together, is better than any alternative. Dr Xiaopei He, a documentary film maker and co-founder of Pink Space, a NGO working with people who are marginalised due to their gender and sexuality, will discuss her research into this phenomenon, the underlying reasons behind it, and how society’s attitude can and might gradually shift. In conversation with Jingwen Kang.

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