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China Blocks Gay Info Site

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: May 18, 2005 5:00 pm ET

(Beijing) The Chinese government has blocked one of the only LGBT news and information Web sites available in the country.

GayChinese.net is on a US server, but is run by volunteers mainly in mainland China. The site normally gets between 50 and 60-thousand hits a day.

The manager of the site, Damien Lu says the government has offered no explanation for blocking it. Lu said that although it contains information on AIDS, community events and news it does not contain political or sexually explicit content.

One of the most popular features of the site, Lu said, was a section on coming out. Most gays in China are closeted and Lu said the site is often the only way people can get information about what it means to be gay.

Although it is not available in China, the site can still be accessed outside the country.

China maintains strict control on what internet sites can be viewed in the country. The department of public security is in charge of overseeing Internet content. On a number of occasions 365Gay.com has been blocked from being seen in China.

©365Gay.com 2005


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