LGBTQ Conference in China’s ‘Gay Capital’ Scrapped

BEIJING — Organizers of an LGBTQ conference in China’s “gay capital” had to scrap the event this week, the second time in as many months a public seminar aimed at expanding awareness of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender issues has run into snags.

The Chinese group Speak Out was due to hold a conference in the city of Chengdu, in Sichuan province, on July 23. But the venue canceled the booking, citing conflicting events, the group said.

It is not illegal to be gay in China but LGBTQ activists say deeply conservative attitudes toward homosexuality in some sections of society have led to occasional government clamp-downs.

Image: Youngsters hold rainbow flags during their anti-discrimination parade in Changsha.

People hold rainbow flags as they march down the street during an anti-discrimination parade in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province on May 17, 2013.