The LGBT activist, Xiang Xiaohan, is the first gay man to do so. Xiaohan had attempted to register his group, Same-Sex Love Assistance Network, as a non-governmental organization (NGO) but his application was denied. In response, Xiaohan filed a defamation lawsuit in February but the case was thrown out of court earlier this month.
The BBC reports: Xiang Xiaohan filed the lawsuit in the provincial capital, Changsha, after the Hunan government turned down his application to register his organisation. In a written reply to him, the local government said homosexuality had no place in Chinese traditional culture and “the building of spiritual civilisation” – a catchphrase in modern China for what many believe is the party’s indoctrination. “I believe what the government said [in the reply] defames the reputation of the gay and lesbian community in China, and I want them to issue a written apology,” said Mr Xiang.
It’s a step forward in China, not historically known for LGBT rights.