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The first ever Mr. Gay China Competition!  An event to show off the fashionable and sunny side of gayness to Chinese society!  A contest filled with hot body guys!  The announcement of the first ever Mr. Gay China Pageant sent flaming ripples throughout the gay community.

The excitement was soon gone however when the event was cancelled just hours before it was supposed to start.  Suddenly, the perspectives of the gay movement went from sunny to bleak – the cancellation meant a blow to all queers on the mainland.  The mainstream media immediately jumped into action and tried to find an explanation for the debacle: did the organizers cancel the event themselves? Were they trying to cheat all the people who bought a ticket to the show? Why was the police there and where did they take the organizers?

Queer Comrades brings you the full story. From the early preparations to the final blow-out, “Comrades, you’ve worked hard” shows you the wild rollercoaster ride of contrasting emotions that was the Mr. Gay China Competition.

Can entertainment exist without politics? Has the Chinese gay movement taken a step forwards or backwards?  We leave it up to you to decide…

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  • 12th May 2012 / Mohamed

    Joel JI agree, Wayne. Coming out is a highly presonal decision and no two people’s lives are identical. The main thing, I think, is to be comfortable with oneself and not to pretend to be something that one is not. There was a time when coming out in public was simply not an option. Homosexuality was considered to be a mental disorder, the sodomy laws criminalized our activities, and discrimination was common. In my case, I came out to my closest friends and family in 1968 when I was in the service. I was an ambitious person and I was not willing to sacrifice my career, all those years of education and specialized training to share the details of my private, sexual life. Perhaps I was just fortunate. My decision was to maintain plausible deniability. I never declared myself gay and I never pretended to be straight. Most people will figure things out for themselves. No one ever challenged me about being gay, not in the service or in my later career. I have always lived in more liberal-minded areas of the U.S. Most Americans are decent individuals who are willing to live and let live as long as one is not in their faces about one’s sexual identity. My situation was not the best of all possible worlds, but I was able to balance it out. As time passed and I earned the respect of others with whom I worked, I was able to come out to more people. My story is true for most guys of my generation. Most large cities today have large gay communities for good reason. Cities offer anonymity one does not find in small towns and rural areas. They also offer gay community where one can be comfortable being oneself in one’s gay pursuits. They offer a greater opportunity for participation in civic (and religious)life.I really feel terrible about gays in countries where homosexuality is punishable by torture or death. My only solution would be to allow them to emigrate to the U.S. or Europe as special cases for consideration. I often forget that we are talking to the world on this blog and not just to those in the good, old U.S.A.

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