Who’s More Gay Friendly – Russia or China?

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 - BY Stacey

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Honestly, I would have thought that the European influence on Russia would have made Russia a bit more forward thinking than China – but we can’t underestimate the incredible influence the Russian Orthodox Church still has over countless people. A successful, American actor in Russia named Odin Biron recently came out as a homosexual and you would think he was living in the Dark Ages by the response he received from many – especially by an Orthodox priests who said last year that gay people should be burned alive in ovens and called him a “sodomite”. In 2013, a musician and cultural journalist came out as gay and lost his job and was unable to make a blood donation to a children’s hospital where he volunteered. The Russian Orthodox Church really needs a reformation – badly – and is certainly not teaching its members about love and acceptance.

Last month, a front page article in the New York Times titled:”Sex Expert’s Secret is Out, and China’s Open to It” told of a woman named Professor Li who has been a long time advocate of freewheeling sexuality in a very sexually repressed nation, recently exposed the fact that her partner of 17 years – though born female is a transgender man. She describes herself as “a heterosexual woman who has fallen in love with a transsexual person”. She had previously been married to a well-known Chinese writer; and her recent news has intrigued many people in her country whose reaction has been incredibly sympathetic. Before Professor Li shared her personal life with the public, China has claimed almost no transgender population.

So go figure, China, a country with a horrible track record of human rights violations, is actually more open to the idea of a different lifestyle than Russia.

I’m just waiting for the day when the LGBT lifestyle is so accepted in societies throughout the world that we won’t even need to talk about it.

We’ve got a long way to go…

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