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Mar 10 2014


Guangdong China

Qiu Bai is a student of Zhongshan University. When she looked for textbooks on psychology, medicine and other majors in the library, she found that many textbooks defined homosexuality as a "mental illness." Fearing that "gay teaching materials" might mislead comrades during the self-identification period, on March 19, 2015, Qiu Bai and several students co-signed a report reflecting the homosexual discrimination in higher education in Guangdong and submitted it to the National Press and Publication Administration and the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education. She also held a placard to protest in front of the door of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education to arouse the attention of the education department and the public. Since then, Qiubai sued Guangdong Higher Education Press, arguing that the textbooks harmed her right of reputation, but the Tianhe District Court of Guangzhou City rejected her appeal.

She submitted an information disclosure application to the Ministry of Education in May of the same year, requesting disclosure of the Ministry of Education's responsibility for supervising incorrect teaching materials, but did not receive any response. Later, she filed a lawsuit with the Ministry of Education for the first time in Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on the grounds of administrative inaction. In the pre-trial conversation, one staff of the Ministry of Education stated that Qiubai was allowed to complain about related issues in writing and promised to deal with related issues in accordance with the reporting and supervision mechanism. Qiubai subsequently withdrew the appeal. After that, she worked with more than 80 people from all over the country to find problems in teaching materials about homosexuality, and wrote a report letter and mailed it to the Ministry of Education. But their letters were either returned or not answered.

On April 25, Qiubai sued the Ministry of Education for inaction for the second time in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Administrative Litigation Law of the People's Republic of China, but the court did not file a lawsuit on the grounds of the "petition." Do not infringe on the lawful rights and interests of prosecutors".

In May, she decided to file an administrative review of the Ministry of Education but was not accepted.

On June 14, she took the Ministry of Education to court for the third time and was sued, but lost in the first instance. After Qiubai appealed the result, on March 2, 2017, the second instance still upheld the original verdict and ended in loss.

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Although the lawsuit failed, this action has aroused people's attention on the discrimination in Chinese books. Before that, no one argued anything in the books about homosexuality as a mental illness.