As Taiwan moves closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, LGBT individuals are also finding a larger foothold in mainland China, though many aren’t yet ready to come out of the closet just yet.
A survey of 16,690 LGBT people in China (as well as 3,310 non-LGBT ones) released by the nonprofit network WorkForLGBT finds that only 22% of gay and bisexual men and 12% of gay and bisexual women do not plan to come out to their friends and family. That’s an improvement over last year when the percentages were 30% for men and 16% women.
Still, most remain undecided about coming out of the closet (55% of men and 49% of women) leaving only 23% of men and 39% of women saying that they are ready for people to know about their sexuality.
For the survey, WorkForLGBT, a group that fosters collaboration between lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals, surveyed people from across urban and rural China in August and September in order to “better understand LGBT people in China today and better serve the future development of this community.”