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As a result, there is a possibility that the number of such relationships may be increasing in the country.
In recognition of this fact, this paper will examine the issue of homosexuality in China. This will be done with a close reference to the short story "The Bridegroom" by Ha Jin. The story is about a strange marriage between Beina and Baowen Huang who unexpectedly proposes to her to the shock of everyone who did not expect such a handsome young man would think of marrying her despite her “stocky and stout” figure as her guardian and the narrator describes (p 472). However, as months go by in their marriage, there are no signs of her having a child. It is only after eight months that Beina’s guardian discovers that her daughter married a man with homosexual orientations without feelings for women.
It is also surprising that her daughter was seemingly comfortable with this situation. From this story, we are able to discover that homosexuality was an ancient practice in China but because of various issues, the men and women involved did not come out openly with it. One of the major challenges that the gay society faced in the story by Jin is that of a legal perspective towards their sexual orientation as will be discussed below.
The legal environment was not favorable for the survival of the homosexuals. It is even to the surprise of the family members of Beina when it is discovered that Baowen and his “Buddies” were meeting at night in a club (Jin 474). The fear by the men or members of the gay community in the country to come out in the open was founded on the fact that they knew that their practice had legal implications. As a matter of fact, when the inspector of police in the story breaks the news of arrest to the families of the men in the story, he talks of sentencing the men “from six months to five years...”
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The act of homosexuality perception differs from one area to the other, different countries have different laws that relates to homosexuality. In other parts of the world its illegal while in other areas it has been legalized following pressure from the activists and has been given equal opportunity in areas like in military services, employement and in human rights unions.
There is a lot of literature that talks about the homosexuality in the Greeks and the Romans. For example, the Emperor Nero in ancient Rome twice got married to men (Kulkarni, 2011). The Holy Books also discuss some nations that were punished for being homosexual. In the contemporary age, homosexuals are spread all over the world. Several countries have legalized homosexuality.
In some cultures, the gay society or the homosexual feelings are celebrated while in other societies gay people are stigmatized. Gay people are in every society although some societies may try to cover the truth about their existence. The US is among the first countries in the world that have acknowledged the existence of the gay society.
Homosexuality or the so-called gender switching also made researchers interested on how these abnormality came about. Particularly, they are curious on how did it came about because it is not normal for a person to be attracted to same sex or assume a gender personality that is not different from one’s natural biological gender.
However, the studies and researches of this particular phenomenon started to be held not very long ago due to the fact that in the past such individuals were severely judged. It does not mean that they feel comfortable in the modern society as they are still judged, abused and their orientation is considered to be blameworthy.
tep up and not only legalize homosexuality but also enact stern rules and punishment for persons who will be caught intimidating and discriminating homosexuals.
1. According to activists such as Xiang Xiaohan, homosexual discrimination usually does more harm than good a nation.