China: Beijing court to hear case on top media watchdog’s gay rule

A Beijing court on Wednesday accepted a case requiring China's top media regulator to justify the listing of homosexual relations as "abnormal."  The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court accepted the case on Wednesday and is expected to decide within six months, Tang Xiangqian, lawyer of the plaintiff Fan Chunlin, told the Global Times. 

Fan, 30, is demanding that China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) clarify the legal or policy basis of the regulation, which lists principles for online content providers.

The regulation bans service providers from releasing programs that "present abnormal sexual relations or behavior," such as incest, homosexual relations, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The regulation was released in June 2017 by the China Netcasting Service Association, a non-government organization administered by SAPPRFT. The association has more than 600 members, including news websites of the Xinhua News Agency and People's Daily, as well as major online video platforms such as iQiyi, and Youku. Read more via Global Times