Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:05

Beijing Court To Hear The Case Against Textbooks Describing Homosexuality As A "Psychological Disorder"

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In September 2015, I told you about Chen Qiuyan aka Qui Bai, a Chinese lesbian who had filed a complaint against the Ministry of Education after discovering that her university textbooks still classified homosexuality as a "disorder". Good news since we learned today that a Beijing court has accepted to hear the case.

Two years ago, the 21-year-old lesbian was doing research in the library of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou when she discovered that textbooks referring to homosexuality still rated it "psychological disorder."

Homosexuality was decriminalized in China in 1997 and was removed from the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders in 2001, the textbooks should therefore have been updated for a long time.

Qui Bay filed a complaint against the Ministry of Education last November but was persuaded to drop the case and instead go to the ministry with letters of complaint.

Her letters were ignored, so Qui Bay filed a complaint in April 2016 again, but the court rejected her request on the ground that the lack of response from the ministry did not infringe on her rights.

Today it is therefore with joy that we learned that the Beijing court decided to hear her case, even if the Ministry does not respond.