Chinese court backs publisher of textbook calling homosexuality ‘psychological disorder’

HONG KONG — A court in China’s eastern Jiangsu province recently ruled in favor of a publisher that described homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in a university textbook.

According to a copy of the Feb. 9 appeal ruling seen by Reuters, Suyu District Intermediate Court in the city of Suqian said the description resulted from “perceptual differences” and was not a factual error, upholding a judgment made in September last year.

“I feel at a loss, because they didn’t even have a trial, they just handed down the judgment,” said the plaintiff, who uses the pseudonym XiXi.

In 2017, XiXi had sued Jinan University Press and a company owned by retailer for publishing and distributing factually incorrect content in the 2013 book on mental health education for university students.

“The teaching material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder, which it isn’t,” the 24-year-old NGO worker said, adding that she only found out about the ruling on her appeal through her lawyer on Feb. 22.

Homosexuality was decategorised as a mental disorder by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001.

“It’s quite damaging to the whole LGBT community, so we are sorely disappointed,” said Peng Yanzi, the director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China.

“I’m not the only one who is disappointed, shocked and angry – the whole LGBT community is – but we also very much admire XiXi because she’s spent years legally pursuing this.”

Jinan University Press and did not immediately reply to emailed requests for comment. (Reporting by Pak Yiu in Hong Kong and Gabriel Crossley in Beijing; Editing by Karishma Singh)

Football news:

Alexander Golovin: I enjoy giving such programs. This is my job
West Brom have scored 8 goals in their last 2 matches. For the previous 10 games, only 6 goals were scored
VAR did not count West Brom's goal for offside. Although the author of the goal was probably in the right position
Chilwell on the match against Porto: We only did half the work. Chelsea should not be relaxed
Conceição on Chelsea: Porto have a tough task ahead of them, but we came here to solve it
Presnel Kimpembe: It will be a huge achievement to knock out Bayern, because they is the best team in Europe
Mauricio Pochettino: Bayern are the best club in the world at the moment. Anything can happen