Full Steam Ahead: China's First LGBT Cruise Launches

Full Steam Ahead: China's First LGBT Cruise Launches


Don’t you need to get away?  Wind-whipped winter is nearly (nearly!) behind us, and what better way to embrace the summer ahead than with a cruise? Not just any cruise, mind you, but China’s first-ever LGBT cruise. 

China is getting more liberal despite a government crackdown

China is getting more liberal despite a government crackdown


Changing social attitudes is the very reason the state is so alarmingly brazen in stifling its own population, Vox reports.

China’s LGBT Youth Face Lots of Bullying, Little Acceptance

China’s LGBT Youth Face Lots of Bullying, Little Acceptance


From primary school to university, students harassed for their sexual orientation or gender identity find little support.

China's new multibillion-dollar target market: LGBT youth

China's new multibillion-dollar target market: LGBT youth


China's Spring Festival, which celebrates the lunar New Year, is the ultimate test for fledgling romances. A partner's invitation to meet family signals commitment; but for China's LGBT population, the holiday creates disproportionate stress. Only 5 percent of them have come out of the closet, and they are, as a group, under remarkable pressure to get married to someone of the opposite sex.

China’s transgender Oprah

China’s transgender Oprah


CHINA’S favourite chat-show host has had an extraordinary career. Jin Xing was the country’s most successful dancer before becoming a colonel in an army entertainment troupe. He won fame in America, where the New York Times called him “a Chinese genius”. He trained dancers in Brussels and Rome, before returning to China for a sex-change operation. As a woman, she resumed her career as a ballerina, set up the country’s first private ballet company, ran a bar in Beijing and married a German businessman. 


Matt Skallerud's insight:

In a conservative society where even homosexuality is frowned upon, let alone sex-reassignment, her life would seem to place Ms Jin well outside the stodgy mainstream of Chinese broadcasting (she is pictured at her home in Shanghai). Yet Ms Jin, who is 49, is the country’s most popular television judge. She began with a local version of “So You Think You Can Dance” and hit the jackpot with “The Jin Xing Show”, a variety and chat programme with an audience of around 100m. She has appeared with her husband on the Chinese version of “The Amazing Race”, in which couples race each other around the world. Her latest venture, “Chinese Dating”, is in its first season.

Gay dating app Blued bags strategic investment from China’s state-run media

Gay dating app Blued bags strategic investment from China’s state-run media


Contrary to most foreigners would believe, China is shifting to a much milder tone towards the country’s thriving LGBT community, especially when it comes to the online world. This is evident enoug…

OutChina: Sources of Hope for China's LGBT Population

OutChina: Sources of Hope for China's LGBT Population


US-China Today is a student-driven publication of the USC U.S.-China Institute. The magazine focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship and on significant trends in contemporary China. The magazine offers coverage of and commentary on a wide range of political, economic, social, and cultural issues.

On Taking Gay Rights From Taipei to Beijing: Don’t Call It a ‘Movement’

On Taking Gay Rights From Taipei to Beijing: Don’t Call It a ‘Movement’


Lai Jeng-jer, a leader on gay rights in Taiwan who now lives in Beijing, discusses the progress he’s seen on the mainland, as well as the limitations.

This startup connects China’s LGBT community for marriages of convenience

iHomo, a Beijing-based startup is now helping out LGBT community to find a marriage partner to appease their parents stubborn to see their child getting..

The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market

The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market


While businesses in China are embracing the ‘pink economy’, their human resources policies aren’t embracing LGBT rights

'PINK ECONOMY' in China set to soar as companies target LGBT community

'PINK ECONOMY' in China set to soar as companies target LGBT community


A new business model is coming to China as entrepreneurs begin developing products for the rapidly emerging market. 

Zhu Qiming, CEO of mobile game developer Star-G Technologies, foresees rosy prospects for China's emerging "pink economy", a new business model that caters mainly to the lifestyles and demands of the LGBT community.

250 Business Leaders Attend 3rd China LGBT “Pink Market” Conference

250 Business Leaders Attend 3rd China LGBT “Pink Market” Conference


1st China LGBT Advertising Showcase, Annual Community Report Released

Matt Skallerud's insight:

WorkForLGBT, leading a coalition including YouGov, Dan Lan / Blued, Rela, and Weber Shandwick, and supported by more than 20 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) cooperative partners across China, held the 3rd Annual China Pink Market Conference on Monday, November 14th at the Langham Xintiandi Hotel Shanghai.