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Through Michel Bamidele

March 03, 2021 | 11:12

A Chinese court recently ruled in favor of a publisher who described homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in an academic textbook. The Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in eastern Jiangsu Province ruled that the description of homosexuality in the textbook as “a psychological disorder” was not a factual error but merely an “academic view”, confirming …

Young people wave rainbow flags, a symbol for gay people, as they march through the streets in their anti-discrimination parade in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province, on May 17. 2013.AFP / Getty Images

A Chinese court recently ruled in favor of a publisher who described homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in an academic textbook.

The Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in eastern Jiangsu Province ruled that the textbook’s description of homosexuality as “a psychological disorder” was not a factual error but merely an “academic point of view,” upholding a judgment rendered. in September of last year.

“I feel lost, because they didn’t even have a trial, they just handed down the judgment” said the complainant, who uses the pseudonym XiXi.

In 2016, during her first year of study at South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Xixi came across a psychology textbook describing homosexuality as a mental disorder. In 2017, XiXi sued Jinan University Press and a company owned by retailer JD.com for posting and distributing factually incorrect content.

The 2013 edition of Mental Health Education for College Students, published by Jinan University Press, categorized homosexuality as “common psychosexual disorders” – along with cross-dressing and fetishism. He said that homosexuality “was seen as a disturbance of love and sex or a perversion of the sexual partner.”

“The educational material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder, which is not the case. the 24-year-old NGO worker said, adding that she only learned of the decision on her appeal through her lawyer on February 22.

“I am really disappointed because we are seeing comments that support this judgment.”

Homosexuality was downgraded as a mental disorder by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001.

“It’s quite damaging for the entire LGBT community, so we are very disappointed” said Peng Yanzi, director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China.

“I’m not the only one who is disappointed, shocked and angry – the entire LGBT community is – but we also greatly admire XiXi because she has spent years pursuing this legally.”

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