When Chinese sexologist Li Yinhe was looking for top-level government support for same-sex marriage in the early 2000s, she asked the then mayor of Beijing, Wang Qishan, a friend, for help. But rather than getting a shocked response, Wang simply shrugged his shoulders, Li told Reuters. "He told me he looks after garbage collection, water pipes, that sort of thing. Same-sex marriage isn't up to him," said Li, who works for the government-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. "That's the problem in China. Who is in charge of this stuff?" After decades of Communist prudery about sex of all kinds, during recent years of economic reform and growth, gay Chinese have sprung forward to reclaim the country's long history of relative tolerance toward homosexuality.
June 7 / Reuters