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Chinese Government-Funded Gay Bar to Open on World AIDS Day

World Journal, Posted: Nov 30, 2009

BEIJINGThe first government-sponsored gay bar in China will open on Dec. 1 in the city of Dali, Yunan Province, to mark World AIDS Day and to promote AIDS prevention and education, World Journal reports.

Chen Zhu, director of the Chinas health department, told the newspaper that Dali city is one of top ten AIDS awareness areas in China. The citys has an estimated homosexual male population is estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000, many of whom lack proper sex education and would engage in unsafe sex, especially during holidays when an influx of homosexual males enter the city from villages. To prevent the spread of the disease, the city of Dali invested 120,000 Chinese dollars (around $15,000 U.S) to build the new gay bar to serve as a place for AIDS and sex information. AIDS volunteers will operate the bar.


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