A Muriuki
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A Muriuki

The first Shanghai Pride. Photo: Kris Krug/Flickr

‘A long way to go’: What it’s like being LGBTIQ in China

Homosexuality in China has been documented since ancient times. Despite his marriage to Empress Fu, Emperor Ai of the Han Dynasty’s closest relationship was with his male companion Dong Xian. He bestowed wealth and position on Dong and a devotion so touching it inspired a much-treasured euphemism. One afternoon a messenger arrived with important news …