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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in CHINA...
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Dave (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 26/07/2012 tagged with tourism
I am travelling to China for the first time and wonder if anyone has visa application advice.

I'm married, we've been together for 27 years, but got married in Massachusetts only when it became available.

I'm inclined to put down that I'm single, and not list my husband as major family member, but that is not true. I do not like being dishonest, and I also fear if much research is done my marriage will be easily discovered.

I recently got a 5 year visa from Saudia Arabia and in the application I put down married, since they did not ask for spousal name or family members. I also had to pick a religion as I'm not religious.

has anyone had experience with this? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Vince (user currently living in CHINA) posted for gay readers on 15/01/2010 tagged with tourism, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions, tourism +5
I lived now over a year in China. The following issues affected me:

Discrimination in housing
A few weeks having moved to a flat in Beijing, the landlord gave us notice to vacate the flat. Among other reasons stated, one was that me and my husband were seen giving each other a kiss on the CCTV camera for the building's lift. Neighbours would have complained about that.
There is no legal law to protect from this discrimination. While looking for a new place to live, we we about to rent a flat but when the landlady came to know we were going to share a double bed, she refused us suddenly without reasons. For our current tenancy we pretend to sleep in different bedrooms.

Discrimination in immigration
I am a student at a university in Beijing and therefore am granted a student visa with a full residence permit for one year. My husband came with me to China to find a job but had issues getting a visa. People with student visas are allowed to have their spouses registered as accompanying family members. We tried to apply for such a visa for him and issued the marriage certificate from the UK but were refused on the grounds that same-sex marriages are not recognized.
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