Oct 12, 2012

Beijing’s gays have a Destination, government doesn’t care

It is easy to assume China's notorious authoritarian streak includes cracking down on homosexuality. A visit to a Beijing gay club says otherwise, writes freelance journalist Kway Teow.

It’s Saturday night in Beijing and Destination is packed. The city’s biggest gay venue is a warren of rooms, with a loud central dance floor and an abundance of differently themed areas on either side. Some are noisy. Some are not. All are crowded to the point of overflowing onto the streets, where pockets of people more youthful than young huddle in the autumn chill.


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