Information Clearinghouse for Chinese Gays and Lesbians

Mission Statement

Information Clearinghouse for Chinese Gays and Lesbians (ICCGL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing critical and as-yet unavailable information of interest to Chinese speaking gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community worldwide.

ICCGL advocates understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians wherever they are.

ICCGL takes no position on political matters or matters of state policy, but instead seeks to encourage tolerance and equality for all.

ICCGL supports programs that provide information to Chinese speaking GLBT, including worldwide developments on issues concerning GLBT, information on physical and psychological health for GLBT, educational materials and cultural expressions.

ICCGL operates gaychinese.net as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please see “gaychinese.net General Information”.

Background

In recent years, several of the world’s leading health organizations issued warnings regarding the HIV/AIDS situation in China. The United Nations predicts that China could have 10 million or more HIV/AIDS sufferers by 2010 unless it acts quickly to combat this problem. A new study of men who have sex with men in China suggests that roughly 3 percent of gay and bisexual men in the nation's capital city have HIV.

The situation for Chinese gays and lesbians outside of China is not much better. Because of cultural reasons, information on their physical and psychological well-being is not readily available. For the majority of Chinese speaking gays and lesbians, the World Wide Web offers the only source of information, and even this arena is filled with as much misinformation as sound, scientific knowledge. Many Chinese language medical web sites continue to talk about mysterious “gay diseases” and offers to “cure” gays abound.

Given the population size and growth, if this situation is not addressed, an entire generation of young gays and lesbians will grow up under the pressure of psychological prosecution and for some, physical violence. It is against this background that ICCGL is formed.