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18% of men surveyed answered they had come out to their families, while around 80% were reluctant due to family pressure.There was a giant step forward for the China LGBT community after the Weibo incident in April 2018.In Water Margin, a Song Dynasty novel, male revolutionary soldiers form deep, long lasting, and arguably romantic friendships. A Ming Dynasty rewriting of a very early Zhou Dynasty legend recounts a passionate male relationship between Pan Zhang & Wang Zhongxian which is equated to heterosexual marriage, and which continues even beyond death.
The earliest law against a homosexual act dates from the Song Dynasty, punishing "young males who act as prostitutes." The first statute specifically banning homosexual intercourse was enacted in the Jiajing era of the Ming Dynasty.
Lu Tongyin, author of Misogyny, Cultural Nihilism & Oppositional Politics: Contemporary Chinese Experimental Fiction, said "a clear-cut dichotomy between heterosexuality and homosexuality did not exist in traditional China." Same-gender love can sometimes be difficult to differentiate in Classical Chinese because the pronouns he and she were not distinguished.
And like many East and Southeast Asian languages, Chinese does not have grammatical gender.
While these conventions make explicit mentions of homosexuality rare in Chinese literature in comparison to the Greek or Japanese traditions, the allusions which do exist are given an exalted air by their frequent comparison to former Golden Ages and imperial favorites.
A Han Dynasty poem describes the official Zhuang Xin making a nervous pass at his lord, Xiang Cheng of Chu.
In Cantonese, gei1 (; 'great togetherness'), which also refers to utopia, in Chinese is becoming popular.