First and foremost, I think it is important to address Chinas views toward the LGBT community. The article, Chinese attitudes towards gay rights, discusses why China is unwilling to accept gay rights. Up until 2001, LGBT were considered a mental disorder. In Chinese society, they placed a strong importance on getting married and having a son to extend the family name. Many gays are still rejected by their families, school, and work place. Since China is not a democracy, China's Communist Party doesn't allow for self expression on the streets and attempts to end every conversation regarding gay concerns on the internet. China even just banned homosexuals from being on television. When Taiwan legalized gay marriage, China censored all discussion on Weibo. The article stated, “Due to the influence of Taiwan, we’re 14 years away from legalising it.” Chinese officials work very hard in censoring topics on the media that don't coincide with Chinese culture. However, live streaming is becoming increasing popular in China and has almost 300 million people participating since 2016. Thats almost the entire population of the United States. Live streaming is little more difficult to be censored since its broadcasting in real time. The Chinese government is concerned about the influence that celebrities, activists, and conversations regarding politics could have on their country.
In the article "For LGBT community in China, live streaming is the future of advocacy and education" by Timmy Shen, he discusses how live streaming has become a crucial tool for the LGBT community in China. It has gained over 1 million views in 3 months. They talk about their stories in hopes to help parents and children who are struggling with coming out. Chinas LGBT non profit workers use WeChat mostly to communicate, however, they feel live streaming is much more personal and effective. In China, the harsh reality is that being gay it often labeled as either a crime or a mental illness. They want to use live streaming as a way to educate viewers about the truth of LGBT. Live streaming provides a place where people can reach out and not feel alone. Timmy Shen, a technology reporter based in Beijing, believes that living streaming will be the future of advocacy and education in China.
In the article written by Timmy Shen, he stated "Despite the vibrant LGBT app scene in China, it hasn’t been a smooth sailing for PFALG since starting to do live streaming, especially when the authorities released regulations last year to ban portrayal of homosexual relationships on television dramas and web series (in Chinese). PFLAG’s accounts on some live streaming platforms have once been suspended due to the “sensitive” online discussions during live streaming." As a result, participates refrain from using specific words like homosexuality or LGBT when live streaming. The also use Yizhibo to live stream to larger audiences that aren't involved with LGBT. Yizhibo is partnered with Weibo so Weibo users can view Yizhibo's live broadcasts without downloading a different application. However, new regulations in China are requiring users to obtain a broadcasting license or else they would be cut off from live streaming.