May 22nd, 2006 | researchmaterial
The 33-year-old man, identified only by his surname, Zou, charged partygoers 30-50 yuan (US$3.70-US$6.20) for prurient services offered at his “Hot Dream Party for Cool Beijing Boys” events, the Beijing News said.
Zou pleaded guilty to the charge of “gathering people for the purpose of sexual promiscuity,” it said.
Homosexuals were strongly persecuted after China’s 1949 communist revolution, condemned as products of decadent Western and feudal societies. Official attitudes gradually have changed since the late 1980s, and in 2001, the China Psychiatric Association stopped listing homosexuality as a mental illness.
Looser enforcement of laws on homosexual behavior has allowed small but thriving gay scenes to emerge in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities in the developed east. (AP)