Gay marriage in China. It's not what you think

I often enjoy a spot of BBC-browsing to keep up with the British view on what's going on in the world. I nearly choked on my cup of tea when I happened on this article from last year: Sham marriages for Shanghai's gay community. According to the article, up to 80% of China's gay community end up in fake straight marriages (most often with other homosexuals) thanks to China's apparent fear of the great pink danger.

Surely not, I thought. I know that Oscar Wilde was married to a woman for society's sake but for the same thing to be happening still today surprised me. A quick Google search yields this article on Slate which seems to back up what the BBC article reports.

It is no secret that China doesn't quite get the whole gay thing. Homosexuality was officially considered a psychiatric disorder in China until 2001. Fascinating... I wonder if one could claim from medical insurance for this ailment. According to both the Slate and the BBC articles, homosexual individuals have taken to attending in-person and online networking events with others like them and finding a partner of the opposite gender to marry and avoid having to confront or worse, shame their parents!

Seems like the world has a long way to go. I look forward to all the feathers, flamboyance & flair of the future!