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01:37 | 24th November 2017

News: World

Wed 17 Feb, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


I’m scared to go back to Urumqi, not for myself but I’m scared that it will impact my organisation. If the organisation can’t continue its work, that will be no good…It’s very possible that will happen

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Chinese Mr Gay World contestant who defied his nations stance on the idea now fears his return to his home country.

Xiao Dai, 25, came fourth out of 24 in the competition held in Oslo, Norway, in an attempt to find Mr Gay World 2010. He will arrive at his hometown of Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang region, on Thursday and is now fearing the reaction from the local community.

Xaio, who runs an Aids prevention organization in his hometown spoke about his fears of returning and the impact it will have on his AIDS center.


Speaking to AFP he said : “I’m scared to go back to Urumqi, not for myself but I’m scared that it will impact my organisation. If the organisation can’t continue its work, that will be no good…It’s very possible that will happen,”

A gay pageant was scheduled to take place in China but was suddenly stopped at the last minute. Xiao Dai was one of eight contestants due to take part in China’s first gay pageant in January; aimed at picking someone to attend the global contest. Police shut the pageant down last minute and a vote was taken in secret due to the nations stance on homosexuality.

“We didn’t want any media to publicise this, as after Mr Gay China was cancelled, we were really scared we would be stopped from going…
So we said we weren’t sending anyone, and it was only after I stepped on the plane that it was publicised.” 


“I also hope that this will grab the attention of officials and will help change their views on homosexuality,” he said.

Homosexuality was a crime in China till 1997 and was still considered a mental illness until 2001.

 

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