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  • blust34442 blust34442 Jan 16, 2010 1:38 AM Flag

    What really upset the two Google funders

    It is all about Chinese government block gay dating sites and web pages. The two fruits at Google top can't stand it!

    From CCTV News: Chinese Police Shut Down Gay Pageant

    BEIJING — The contestants were prepping backstage and the judges
    were settling in, but the first Mr. Gay China pageant was not
    meant to be. An hour before the show was set to begin on Friday
    night, eight police officers strolled into Lan Club and shut
    down the event, saying organizers lacked the necessary permits.

    “We’re disappointed to say the least,” said Ryan Dutcher, an
    American who was one of the planners.

    The cancellation of the pageant, billed as a first for China’s
    fledgling gay community, underscored the many challenges faced
    by those who push boundaries in a country ruled by a
    conservative authoritarian government.
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    Although gay life in China has blossomed in recent years, there
    are still a litany of obstacles. Gay dating Web sites are
    blocked, and even if lesbians and gay men can gather without
    fear of arrest, they rarely come out to their families and co-
    workers.

    For gay rights advocates, the boundary between the permissible
    and the forbidden is always shifting. In 1997, China
    decriminalized gay sex. In 2001, homosexuality was removed from
    the official list of psychological disorders. During China’s
    first Gay Pride last summer, the police in Shanghai forced the
    cancellation of several events yet allowed others to take place.

    Ben Zhang, the mastermind behind the pageant, said he knew there
    was a risk in staging it without official permission. But he
    also knew that requesting government approval would doom the
    event. He avoided publicizing it in the Chinese press and did
    almost no advertising.

    But Xinhua and Global Times, two state-run news organizations,
    ran articles about the contest. Tickets quickly sold out. Mr.
    Zhang crossed his fingers.

    There were eight men competing for the Mr. Gay China title. The
    winner would have been the first Chinese entrant in the
    Worldwide Mr. Gay competition to be held next month in Oslo,
    Norway.

    After the police had left and the drag performers changed back
    into their street clothes, Mr. Dutcher and the other organizers
    pulled down the “Mr. Gay China” banners as workers stacked the
    chairs.

    Mr. Zhang had already left in despair, but Mr. Dutcher tried to
    put on a brave face. Even if the contestants had been prevented
    from strutting the catwalk, the judges, he said, would find a
    way to send a winner to Oslo. “I wouldn’t say it’s a huge step
    backwards for the gay community,” he said, “but I guess it’s not
    a step forward either.”

 
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