Sep. 2nd, 2006

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Andrew M. Potts' February 2006 article in The Advocate, "Why gay rights are good for China", makes the case.

Out of all the countries in the world, it is China that has the most to gain from embracing gay rights, not out of altruism but for the sake of sheer practicality. And ironically, it is heterosexual Chinese who will benefit the most.

After decades of repressive population controls owing to the “one-child policy,” combined with a cultural preference for male children, Chinese men are beginning to significantly outnumber women. According to China's latest census, 116.9 Chinese boys were born for every 100 girls in 2000. By 2020, a large number of mainland Chinese males may have no hope of even dating a woman, let alone actually marrying one. Add to this limited aged-care services in the country (resulting in Chinese wives being expected to look after their husband’s parents in old age) and Chinese men find themselves with enormous family pressure to get married.

Put simply, embracing gay rights and promoting social acceptance of gay and bisexual men in China would greatly improve the odds of success for those exclusively heterosexual Chinese men seeking partners—by taking closeted gay and bisexual men out of the competition.

Enlightenment has benefits for all concerned, doesn't it?
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