Do you consider being gay to be the same as incest or rape? Of course not. Me neither. But just last month, the government of China decided that they’re all the same.
Let’s be honest: the Chinese government does not have the best record for respecting LGBTQ rights. But for gay individuals in China, things have just gotten even worse. Because now, authorities have taken the controversial and cruel step of banning all gay content on the Internet. The China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA) has classified any gay-themed material as „abnormal“ sexual activity akin to „sexual perversion, assault, abuse and violence.“
This isn’t the first time Chinese officials have tried to censor gay people out of existence. Back in 2016, the government banned all depictions of LGBTQ people and same-sex relationships on TV. The reason? It said it was cracking down on „vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content“.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, I am personally frightened and disturbed by this. While many countries are beginning to understand that same-sex relationships are just as normal and natural as straight ones, the Chinese government is moving in the opposite direction.
This ban is sending the message that gay people are not welcome in Chinese society and could be the target of future crackdowns. It could also have devastating consequences for gay youth in China, who are being told that they are „wrong“ somehow. It breaks my heart to think how this will drive more people into tormented secrecy, when the truth is that all love is beautiful.