One of China’s last LGBTQ+ resources centers has closed

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05/15/2023

Beijing LGBT Center — one of the country’s most prominent queer advocacy groups — is permanently closing its doors effective immediately, the group announced on Monday. “Due to ‘force majeure,’ we are very sorry to inform you that Beijing LGBT Center has ceased operations today,” the group posted on the WeChat messaging app, suggesting it was shut down by force. The center had gained international recognition over the years for helping conduct research on LGBTQ+ mental health and helping mitigate harmful practices against the queer community, which included winning a court ruling limiting forced electro-convulsion therapy.

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