Organizers of Chinese LGBT event were told they’re unwelcomed

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An LGBT conference in China has been cancelled after police detained nine LGBT activists telling them that their city would not welcome any pro-LGBT events. Sunday’s Speak Out conference in the north-west city of Xi’an was planned to discuss the rights of sexual minorities in the country and over 400 people were set to take part in it. But the organisers were detained and told that their actions were wrong. “In those eight hours, we were completely cut off from the world – we were clearly told: ‘LGBT events can never be held in Xi’an,’ ‘Xi’an does not welcome LGBT events,’ and other such warnings,” the conference’s curator wrote, according to the Hong Kong Free Press. Another organizer, referred to by the name Matthew, added: “They were very clear in telling us we couldn’t organise activities in Xi’an again, and that they didn’t welcome gays.” ‘This is China,the curator continued, “If you ask me what kind of power can represent Xi’an to say that it ‘does not welcome LGBT’ activities, and what kind of people are ‘obstructing’ the event, I can only shrug my shoulders. I don’t know either, because no one told me. What is the reason for it ‘being cancelled’? It’s ‘no reason.’”

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