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This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

Chapter 42: Performing Queer at the Theatre–Documentary Convergence: Mediated Queer Activism in Contemporary China

Performing Queer at the Theatre–Documentary Convergence: Mediated Queer Activism in Contemporary China
Performing queer at the theatre–documentary convergence: mediated queer activism in contemporary China
Hongwei Bao
Introduction

On February 14, 2009, Valentine's Day, a gay couple and a lesbian couple held a wedding photoshoot at the newly renovated Qianmen Street in central Beijing.1 They struck various intimate poses in front of a camera and a supporting film crew. The scene attracted the attention of many passers-by, as same-sex marriage is not legal in China, the ‘wedding’ was therefore a rare spectacle for the viewing public. Meanwhile, two young men who identified themselves as filmmakers were interviewing the audience about their attitudes towards homosexuality and whether they would support legalisation of same-sex marriage ...

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