This week read about a crowd preventing the arrest of a gay couple in Mexico, and a Chinese court ruling in favor of a textbook describing homosexuality as a disorder.
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Textbook Describing Homosexuality as a Disorder
In China, a court upheld for a second time last week a ruling which said a textbook description of homosexuality as “a psychological disorder” was not a factual error, the South China Morning Post reported.
The lawsuit came in 2017 from Ou Jiayong, a 24-year-old woman who sued Jinan University Press who published a book listing homosexuality under “common psychosexual disorders,” and JD.com, which stocks the book.
Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in Suqian in the province of Jiangsu, China ruled last week to uphold a previous ruling on the issue, the SCMP reported. Last year the Suyu District People's Court in Suqian ruled in favor of the publishing house and said the lawsuit was based on differences of opinion.
Jiayong appealed but was unsuccessful against the ruling in November, the SCMP reported.
The 2013 edition of “Mental Health Education for College Students,” the book at the center of the lawsuit, is used by multiple universities in China.
Crowd Stops Arrest of Gay Couple in Mexico
Image via Maritza Escalante Moreles, Facebook.
A crowd stopped police from arresting a gay couple at a Mexico beach last week, the Independent reported.
Local police said the arrests were based on “immoral acts and sexual erotic demonstrations,” in a statement, though no one at the beach witnessed the alleged sexual acts, LGBTQ Nation reported.
According to several videos of the incident, people present at the beach shouted “I’m gay too” as police arrested the couple, the Independent reported. Police then released the two men.
“The cops behaved VIOLENTLY, and gave arguments like ′there are families and children and they can't be watching this,’” Maritza Escalante Morales, who posted videos of the incident on Facebook, said in a post.
LGBT discrimination in Mexico has been illegal since 2003.