A kindergarten teacher was fired from a school in Qingdao last month after posting on social media about an LGBT event he attended. The principal fired him because parents might not want a gay man teaching their children, according to Reuters.
The teacher is now suing the school in what could be the first case of its kind in China, according to his lawyer, Ting Xiangqian.
"The main reason we filed this case is not just as a labor dispute but to make the gay community more visible to a wider group of people," Xiangqian told Reuters. "To let more people realize that they can easily be victims of discrimination."
The case will challenge current Chinese labor laws and their protection of minority groups. The laws currently lack specification about LGBT issues, but broad laws could be used by minorities to protect their rights, Xiangqian said.