Monday’s New York Times carried a story, “Gay Festival in China Pushes Official Boundaries.” You can read the entire story by going to this link, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/world/asia/15shanghai.html?_r=1
Two things in the article caught my eye. First, the authorities shut some activities down but allowed others. There is not a clear line of what the government will tolerate and what it will not. This keeps the LGBT community off-balance.
Second, most of the celebrants were “self-assured, unapologetically gay and mostly under 30.” This serves to keep the government off-balance.
There is little doubt who will win in the long run. But, given the power of tradition in Chinese culture, it may be a very long run before LGBT life is completely open and accepted.
Still, it is just amazing to watch as the world changes. What a difference 40 years (post-Stonewall) makes!