Chengdu is famous for three things: pandas, spicy hot pot and a gay old time. The capital of Sichuan province in southwest China has garnered such a reputation for its LGBT scene that some even call it “gaydu.” But others say the moniker exaggerates the city’s queer credentials. “It’s a little awkward to be honest, because to earn that title, [Chengdu] needs to have real cultural content, but actually it’s not like that,” says Matthew Huang, a 24-year-old gay man who co-founded LGBTI organization Milks Friends, also known as Mr. Milk & Her LGBTI Friends.
November 11/ The NewsLens