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>> Go.>> As of late, China's LGBT community is treading carefully. They're worried over growing intolerance towards their causes in the country and celebrations like these are becoming quieter. This run was one of the events held to mark International Day Against Homophobia. But organizers told participants to run on their own, not in a large group.
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They fear the event might be crashed by authorities. That's after a recent spade of anti LGBT incidents throughout the country. Reuters' Christian Shepherd reports from Beijing.>> China's LGBT community is going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment. There have a series of incidents in the last couple of weeks and months.
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There have been some crackdowns online on LGBT content. There was an incidence of someone being beaten when they tried to raise awareness in a public event. LGBT activists are not really sure if these incidents are an accidental side effect of a general tightening that is happening in China, or whether there a targeted thing.
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But they worry that the government and the authorities are trying to create a new, smaller area for LGBT community, to try to encourage them to stay quiet and to not make a big fuss about their issues.>> Beijing seems to be sending mixed messages about LGBT issues. The government's official position is tolerant, but at the same time it's also promoting traditional family values.
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Last week, a state backed broadcaster was stripped of its license to air the Eurovision song contest by the events organizers, after censoring a semifinal performance which contained so called LGBT elements. But while overall China is tightening civil liberties, there have been some positive signs. Just last month, China's version of Twitter, Weibo, reversed their decision to ban some LGBT content after an out pouring of anger against the company.