China Shuts Down ‘Gay Pageant’
January 15, 2010
The events was a part of the Worldwide Mr Gay pageants, and the winner would have gone on to compete on a global level, much like with Miss World.
But police shut down the contest an hour in, claiming they had not “properly applied” for the event.
But one of the judges, Weng Xiaogang, said he believed it “had something to do with the issue of homosexuality.”
This comes after two sessions of Gay Pride festivals were canceled last summer, with participants being threatened with severe punishment by the government if they went ahead.
Homosexuality was illegal in China up until 1997, and while it is no longer listed as a mental illness after a change in 2001, it is still not tolerated by many.