China university requests list of LGTBQ+ students

China university requests list of LGTBQ+ students

An internal communique issued by a University in China – Shanghai University –  has raised eyebrows of many after; it ordered its colleges to report students who identify as LGBTQ+ or “non-heterosexual”.

 

The internal directive, published online on both Chinese and foreign social media platforms; contains a questionnaire purportedly asking the colleges to “investigate and research” students who identified themselves to be part of the LGBTQ+ community, The Guardian reported.

 

It is also claimed to have requested information on the students’ “state of mind and psychological condition; including political stance, social contacts, and mental health status”.

 

The matter came to light when a Weibo user posted it on the social media platform on August 26; calling the practice “horrendous”.

 

“It looks like Shanghai University isn’t the only university to ask for ‘reports’ on LGBT students and keep track of them;” the user wrote. “Whether the school’s intention was good or not, this is horrendous.”

 

The screenshot of the questionnaire was also shared on Twitter; generating a heated discussion about China’s ongoing ‘crackdowns’ on the country’s sexual minorities.

 

“Shanghai University is ordering its colleges to report whether they have any students who identify as #LGBT; according to a university notice that cites “relevant requirements. It’s confirmed by a student and a staff member of the uni. The purpose of such order is unknown,” a reporter based in China tweeted.

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The latest incident comes days after it was reported that Chinese social media giant WeChat was allegedly removing dozens of LGBTQ+ accounts; fuelling fears that the move was part of a wider crackdown.

 

Several LGBTQ+ groups told Reuters in July that their WeChat accounts had been locked; while others had their content deleted from the platform.

 

The accounts were a mix of registered student clubs and unofficial grassroots groups, and some had operated for years as safe spaces for China’s LGBTQ+ youth; with tens of thousands of followers.

 

The move sparked outrage among some university students and activists.

 

Even though China has decriminalised homosexuality in 1997; the country still does not recognise same-sex marriage.

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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