Charts of the Day: Research Reveals Difficulties of China’s LGBTQ Students
China decriminalized homosexual acts in 1997 and the Chinese Society of Psychiatrists stopped labeling same-sex attraction an illness in 2001, but China’s sexual minorities still face significant difficulties in their everyday lives.
Just last month, China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform Sina Weibo reversed a brief ban on a community page titled “les,” which is short for lesbian, after a social media outcry. During the ban that lasted for about five days, netizens took to hashtags such as “les” and “wo shi les” (“I’m les”) to support the lesbian community. Weibo reversed a ban on gay content at roughly the same time last year after a similar outcry.
Even though there’s some support on social media, many difficulties remain for the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students (“Questioning” refers to a person who’s interrogating their sexual orientation or gender identity). A recent national survey published by Beijing Normal University suggested few schools on the Chinese mainland actually provide LGBTQ-related resources and many teachers don’t pay much attention to LGBTQ issues.
The survey, published in January, collected 732 online responses from LGBTQ students from May to July 2014 in 29 provincial-level regions.
Graphics: Li Jinghua, Lu Wanqi and Gao Baiyu
Chinese LGBTQ students were at great risk of suffering psychological distress, the report showed. About 85% of respondents felt depressed and around 40% had suicidal thoughts.
“Having a more inclusive school climate and more school resources, especially a positive LGBTQ role model, were significantly associated with the reduction of LGBTQ students’ suicidal ideation,” the report said. However, only 2.9% of the respondents reported that their teachers — a key part of school climate — were trained to understand LGBTQ issues and support LGBTQ students.
Wei Chongzheng, a fellow at United Nations in Thailand who conducted the survey with Beijing Normal University, suggested in the report that further research, development, and implementation of robust LGBTQ-specific policies, training, and counseling should be undertaken immediately to improve the lives of China’s LGBTQ youth.
In China, the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center can be reached for free at 800-810-1117 or 010-82951332. In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached for free at 1-800-273-8255. A fuller list of prevention services by country can be found here.
Contact reporter Timmy Shen (email@example.com)
Apr 22 05:03 PM
Apr 22 04:11 PM
Apr 22 03:14 PM
Apr 20 07:03 PM
Apr 20 05:20 PM
Apr 20 01:14 PM
Apr 19 05:13 PM
Apr 19 05:08 PM
Apr 19 12:45 PM
Apr 16 11:48 PM
Apr 16 08:51 PM
Apr 16 06:48 PM
Apr 16 12:30 PM
Apr 15 07:22 PM
Apr 15 06:56 PM
- 1Update: China’s Rapid GDP Growth Falls Short of Expectations
- 292-Year Old Li Ka-Shing Receives First Dose of BioNTech Vaccine
- 3China to Examine Airworthiness of Battered Drone-Maker’s ‘Flying Car’
- 4Record Profits at China’s Biggest State Firms Show Strength of Economic Recovery
- 5Alibaba Holds Out Carrots, Retires Stick in Its Merchant Relations
- 1Power To The People: Pintec Serves A Booming Consumer Class
- 2Largest hotel group in Europe accepts UnionPay
- 3UnionPay mobile QuickPass debuts in Hong Kong
- 4UnionPay International launches premium catering privilege U Dining Collection
- 5UnionPay International’s U Plan has covered over 1600 stores overseas