HONG KONG, CHINAAUGUST 23, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Wide shot Xixi showing documents for lawsuit2. Close-up Xixi showing documents for lawsuit3. Mid shot Xixi looking at document4. Wide shot Xixi looking at document
5. SOUNDBITE 1 - Xixi (pseudonym), Chinese LGBT activist (female, 23 years old, Mandarin, 26 sec): "The entire social atmosphere of mainland China is incredibly homophobic. Under these conditions, if there is a so-called 'scientific' basis for homosexuality as a mental illness, many people may not have enough awareness to think if there is a standard or whether it is right or wrong."
6. Cutaway: Extreme wide shot Xixi sitting in her room, checking information online
7. Mid shot Xixi sitting in her room, checking information online
8. SOUNDBITE 2 - Xixi (pseudonym), Chinese LGBT activist (female, 23 years old, Mandarin, 30 sec): "[On the changes of LGBT situation in China]In the second term of my freshman year in the university (2016), a relatively conservative school, you can see people holding a large rainbow flag and raising it in the campus on May 17 (International Day Against Homophobia, ed.). Now it is impossible to imagine it would happen in a school in Guangzhou. In 2018 and 2019, all these events were gone."
9. Wide shot Xixi sitting in her room, checking information online
10. SOUNDBITE 3 - Xixi (pseudonym), Chinese LGBT activist (female, 23 years old, Mandarin, 34 sec): "[On come out to her parents]My parents' control or so-called discipline on me is quite strict. If I come out of the closet, what if they send me for conversion therapy? I really have no way to escape their control. They know my address and may take away my ID card. I have been in contact with quite a few of these similar cases, and I don't know what I can do."
11. Cutaway: Wide shot from Xixi to postcard from Taiwan on window
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Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks
Beijing, Sept 3, 2020 (AFP) - A Chinese LGBT activist has lost her legal bid to get a university textbook corrected for describing gay people as suffering from a "common psychosexual disorder". China stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001, but its mostly closeted LGBT population still encounters discrimination and lacks legal safeguards.So Xixi, who uses a pseudonym, resorted to consumer protection laws in an effort to prove the Jinan University Press book contained more errors than permitted, and was therefore not suitable for sale to the public.The 23-year-old hired a proofreader and claimed that, including typos and other infelicities, 0.19 percent of the book was inaccurate -- almost double the level allowed by law.But after a three-year effort and an eventual court hearing, the case was thrown out."I feel sad. I don’t know how to handle the disappointment suffered by the whole of our community," Xixi told AFP from Hong Kong, where she is currently based, adding she would appeal.The verdict is a blow to China's LGBT community, many of whom say they have been facing mounting pressure in recent years.Last month the country's longest-running LGBT group, ShanghaiPRIDE, said it was stopping all its activities and events for safety reasons.Xixi, who is originally from Guangdong in southern China, says she has experienced homophobia throughout her time in the Chinese education system from teachers, classmates and in teaching materials."The entire social atmosphere of mainland China is incredibly homophobic," she said.The case is the second unsuccessful legal battle against homophobic textbooks in recent years, after LGBT student activist Qiu Bai repeatedly -- but unsuccessfully -- sued the education ministry.Some LGBT-related lawsuits have won in China, including the landmark case of a transgender woman who sued her employer for discrimination, after being fired for taking leave to undergo gender reassignment surgery."If more LGBT people are willing to stand up for their rights, this will further increase their visibility in society, and people's awareness of sexual minorities will slowly change, hopefully for the better," said Xixi's lawyer Yu Liying.lxc-su/rox/am/hg