A conference planned to take place in China’s “gay capital” Chengdu by the Chinese LGBT+ rights group Speak Out has been canceled for “scheduling reasons.”
In May, another planned Speak Out conference was also canceled; it was to have taken place in Xian. Chengdu is known in the Chinese community as “Gay-du” due to its liberal attitudes toward homosexuality, making the cancellation all the more surprising.
“The conference venue Jinsha Theater told us that a government official activity was scheduled to be held on the same day, which left us with no choice but to cancel,” the founder of Speak Out, who gave his name only as Matthew, told Reuters.
Reuters adds that while “it is not illegal to be gay in China, LGBT activists say deeply conservative attitudes toward homosexuality in some sections of society have led to occasional government clamp-downs.”