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Chinese company Alibaba praised for ad featuring a gay couple

Chinese company Alibaba praised for ad featuring a gay couple

Chinese company Alibaba has been praised by local LGBT groups for launching an advertisement the appears to be featuring a same sex couple. Alibaba is one of the country’s largest businesses. The advertisement for subsidiary company TMall sees a same-sex couple returning home for Chinese New Year. The young man introduces his companion as Kevin, […]

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Scientist who claimed to have created ‘gene edited babies’ jailed

Scientist who claimed to have created ‘gene edited babies’ jailed

A Chinese scientist who claimed to have created ‘gene edited’ babies that were resistant to HIV has been jailed for three years for unethical practices. He Jiankui faced a global backlash in 2018 when he announced the birth of twin girls who he claimed he had successfully ‘gene edited’ to make them immune to HIV. […]

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Nearly a million people in China are living with HIV

Nearly a million people in China are living with HIV

Nearly a million people in China are living with HIV according to new figures released to coincide with World AIDS Day at the start of the month. Around 131,000 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in China between January and October this year, according to a progress report published Saturday on the website of the […]

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US says Chinese ownership of Grindr is a national security risk

US says Chinese ownership of Grindr is a national security risk

The US is reportedly concerned about Grindr being owned by a Chinese comapny according to the South China Morning Post. Chinese based company Kunlun bought Grindr through a two stage deal, taking full ownership in 2018. It’s ten years since the geo-social mobile networking app was first launched. The phone app is now available in […]

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Cases of HIV in China surge by 14 percent

Cases of HIV in China surge by 14 percent

China has reported that cases of HIV have surged by a massive 14 percent in the last year. The Xinhua news agency reported that more than 820,000 people were HIV-positive at the end of June. An increase of more than 100,000 from the previous year. More than 40,000 new HIV cases were reported in the […]

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Police ‘beat up’ women attending gay rights protest in China

Police ‘beat up’ women attending gay rights protest in China

Police in Beijing kicked and punched women who attended a gay rights rally in the Chinese capital. According to The Times police tried to break up the protest which attracted around 1000 people. To celebrate Mother’s Day, a ‘hugging event’ had been organised at the 798 Art District, a public square in the north-west part of […]

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Chinese social media giant backs down on plans to censor gay content

Chinese social media giant backs down on plans to censor gay content

Chinese social media site Sina Wiebo has scaled back its plan to censor gay images and cartoons following a backlash from millions of users. On Friday the twitter-like Chinese social media site announced it would be deleting content and accounts that featured gay content. The site said that it would be deleting posts which contained […]

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Chinese crackdown on gay content leads to ‘We Are Gay’ hashtag

Chinese crackdown on gay content leads to ‘We Are Gay’ hashtag

One of China’s most popular social media sites announced a crackdown on LGBTI content and users hit back declaring they were gay. Sina Weibo, a Twitter like site that is popular in China, announced it would be limiting posts that contained sexually suggestive content and working to promote a “clear and harmonious” environment. The move […]

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Beijing film festival pulls Call Me By Your Name from line up

Beijing film festival pulls Call Me By Your Name from line up

Oscar-winning film Call Me By Your Name has been removed from the Beijing International Film Festival’s schedule ahead of its April run. The film picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay statue at 2018 The Academy Awards, it was also nominated for Best Picture, and Timothée Chalamet was in the running for the Best Actor award. Reuters have […]

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China’s newest “boy band” are all androgynous females

China’s newest “boy band” are all androgynous females

One of China’s hottest new pop groups has revealed their members are all female, after framing themselves as a “boy band” to thousands of fans. Acrush formed last year after winning a competition and have been touring the country, garnering over 900,000 followers on Chinese social media giant Weibo. The group’s agent Zhou Xiaobai was […]

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