Xingshi Marriage Strong Among Chinese Homosexuals

RedTracker| Even though China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997  and in 2001 officially stopped calling it a mental disorder, pressure to marry and have children remains very strong in Chinese families. Disobeying parents is a mortal sin in Chinese culture.

The result, according to The Christian Science Monitor, is that 80 to 90 percent of China’s homosexual men and women eventually get married, specifically in a  xingshi marriage.

A gay man and a lesbian (or, sometimes, a heterosexual woman) will marry one another to deflect the nagging from their parents and relatives. They meet through friends or over the Internet. After marrying, they won’t necessarily live with one another, and many maintain their own same-gender partners. But in front of their families they act like real couples. via CSM