In China, Not Yet


With eight contestants already made up and decked out, police
arrived minutes before the start of the first-ever Mr. Gay China
Pageant and cancelled
the event because organizers "did not follow procedures." The pageant
had been heralded as a sign that closet doors in the still-traditional
culture were starting to open.

"We are
intelligent, we're professionals, we're gorgeous - and we're gay," said
contestant Emilio Liu from Inner Mongolia. "I want the audience to
know there are a whole bunch of people like us living in China."

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