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Chinese activist suing Hunan provincial department over refusal to register gay rights group

in CHINA, 24/02/2014

Chinese LGBTI rights activist Xiang Xiaohan is suing Hunan Province’s Department of Civil Affairs for discrimination after it refused to allow him to register a gay rights advocacy group because it said homosexuality was against Chinese social norms

Xiang claims the email he was sent by the department stated, ‘there is no legal foundation for establishing a homosexual organization,’ and that homosexuality was ‘against China's traditional culture and morality.’

‘According to the Marriage Law, marriage must include one man and one woman, so the law does not approve of homosexual marriages or relationships,' the email also read.

Xiang, 20, wants the Department of Civil Affairs to apologize to him in writing for what he believes is its defamation of him as a gay man.

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