Monday, July 16, 2012
中国法律规定对同性恋的自身矛盾 The Contradiction of Chinese Law Toward Homosexuality
Posted by Kevin Slaten
(English below Chinese.)
Perhaps most Chinese people would agree that Chinese culture is not as accepting of homosexuality as American culture. This is a cultural difference. But in the past ten years, the Chinese public, especially among younger people, has become more tolerant of homosexuality. Although there has been such a change, Chinese law still discriminates against homosexuals. The fact that gay people cannot get married, adopt kids, etc. are reflections of this problem.
These laws on homosexuality also contain contradictions. China's Ministry of Health's recently published law, "Writings on the Demands of Health Checks", states: "Those with high-risk behaviors should not give blood, e.g., those with a history of drug addiction to intravenous drugs, males who have engaged in homosexual behavior, or those with contractable blood diseases (HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, syphilis, etc.)."
Evidently, homosexual behavior is considered a type of disease. But as early as 2001, "China's Mental Disability Categories and Standards of Diagnosis" took homosexuality off of the list of diseases. So the new blood donation law not only discriminates, it also is in conflict with other laws.
That this law is able to be created is a result of China's political system. If Chinese law reflected the will of the people, then the discrimination and contradiction above probably wouldn't exist. We can only hope that, in the future, our Chinese friends can more greatly participate in the political process.
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