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The authorities in China have cancelled the first Gay Pride Festival there, according to the BBC:
“A Chinese gay pageant, said to be the first held in the country, was ordered by police to close an hour before opening, organisers say.
The Mr Gay China event was thought to mark a new openness toward the gay community in China.
Organisers said police informed them it could not go ahead because they had not applied “according to the procedures”.
Homosexuality was illegal in China until 1997, and officials described it as a mental illness until 2001.
The event’s organiser, Ben Zhang, said he had been hoping the event would mark another step towards greater awareness of gay people in China.
One of the judges, Weng Xiaogang, told the AFP news agency: “In my opinion, I believe it [the cancellation] had something to do with the issue of homosexuality.” “
Update 1: Sydney Morning Herald has additional coverage.