Chinese lesbian and gay adults’ self-reported experiences of negative treatment and violence from family of origin: Evidence from a larger-scale study in China

Yiu Tung SUEN, Eliz Miu Yin WONG, Randolph Chun Ho CHAN

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Abstract

Lesbian and gay adults’ self-reported experiences of violence from family of origin in adulthood have been less examined in previous research on interpersonal violence from intimate others. In China, while it has been understood that lesbians and gay men face mounting pressure to marry and have children, there is little empirical evidence on their experiences of violence from family of origin. This paper analyzes self-reported experiences of negative treatment and violence from a larger-scale study in China of 11,048 Chinese lesbian and gay cisgender adults. The majority of Chinese lesbians and gay men felt pressure to get married and have children (70.4%), and experienced different forms of negative treatment and violence from their family members based on sexual orientation (54.2%). A significant gender difference was observed. This paper provides novel empirical evidence for the lived experiences of lesbians and gay men in China and bears implications for China’s Anti-domestic Violence Law. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Early online dateMar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar 2022

Citation

Suen, Y. T., Wong, E. M. Y., & Chan, R. C. H. (2022). Chinese lesbian and gay adults’ self-reported experiences of negative treatment and violence from family of origin: Evidence from a larger-scale study in China. Journal of Family Issues. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0192513X211064874

Keywords

  • Gay and lesbian
  • Sexuality
  • Family of origin
  • China
  • Violence

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