Attitude about LGBT From West and China
Europe has a more welcoming attitude with a range of anti-discrimination laws and, in many countries, same-sex marriage is totally legal. Social views on homosexuality are also positive, particularly in big cities like Paris, Berlin and London.15 out of the 25 countries that have legalized same-sex marriage worldwide are situated in Europe.
In China, it has become more accepting of homosexuality in recent years. Many families, social media and even educational textbooks still treat it as a problem that needs to be fixed. For most of the 20th century, homosexual sex was banned in the People’s Republic of China until it was legalized in 1997. In 2001, homosexuality was removed from the official list of mental illnesses in China. But same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships remain forbidden.
In a country with a population of nearly 1.4 billion, it is estimated that 70 million make up the LGBT population. For many Chinese gay people, the greatest barriers to acceptance are social rather than political. Because of the one-child policy, Chinese parents often place enormous pressure on their children to marry and raise families. Only 21% of Chinese people say society should accept homosexuality, according to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Centre, up from 17% in 2007. Many gay Chinese people report being discriminated against at work, passed over for promotions or fired without justifiable cause.
Travel tendency for Chinese LGBT
LGBT travel is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors. Europe is a main source market, with especially good opportunities in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Smaller countries in northern and western Europe are also promising.
According to the “Chinese Tourists to Europe Trend Report 2017” jointly released by the China Tourism Academy and two leading travel agencies, Huayuan MNB and Ctrip, the number of Chinese tourists in Europe in Q1 increased by 103 percent over last year.
Chinese gay people are often portrayed as a valuable new market for business, particularly those in travel and lifestyle. It is for individual Chinese LGBT visitors to decide what countries they wish to visit but as a rule, the further east you travel in Europe, the more careful you need to be about public displays of your sexuality.
Visit the country you want to go on a tourist visa for several months, go to bars and attend local LGBT events. There are also many gay dating websites in Europe, others use an App on a smart phone using GPS positioning to find someone that fits his gay personality.
2018 : the CHINA-EU Pathway Tourism Year
Not only Taiwan and Thailand have been seen as second homes for Chinese gays, European travel companies also have picked up on the travel trend and are tapping into the LGBT market. Their ads show travelers partying on rainbow-decorated yachts in an atmosphere of freedom.
Séagh Kehoe a doctoral student at the University of Nottingham researching gender and sexuality issues in China, said that for many LGBT people in China, travelling to pink destinations could offer a welcome escape from the “ambiguity and insecurity” that so often characterized their lives.
Europe is a large continent with many different countries and customs. Except to get visa requirements, LGBT visitors especially Chinese still need to be aware of how homosexuality is treated in each country, both legally and socially.