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But he only wants to tell his mother and close friends, not his colleagues. "It's impossible for me to disclose my sexual orientation at the office," he told the Global Times. "I don't think it's necessary and my colleagues would not accept me being gay anyway," he said.
Cheng works at a government-affiliated research center in Beijing. Securing a position in such an institution is similar to working in a government department. People think it guarantees a stable income and a respected social position.
But it can also be a more conservative workplace than in foreign or private companies. It's the kind of place where workers find it difficult to come out of the closet.
A survey of 8,000 gay people around the country conducted by Shanghai-based NGO WorkForLGBT in late 2014 shows that, among those who work for State-owned enterprises (SOEs), only 2 percent of respondents said they have disclosed their sexual orientation to co-workers with whom they are close.
The poll also showed that 9 percent of respondents who work at foreign companies have revealed their homosexuality to their boss and 27 percent have told their colleagues.
Marrying for a better future
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Later Cheng learned that many gay people who work in the government, especially gay men, end up getting married, mostly to lesbians.
In the eyes of many senior officials, having a spouse and children shows that one is a "normal" person and is able to cope with responsibility, Cheng said, and this viewpoint is shared by many other gay people who work at SOEs and government departments.
Cheng cannot remember how many times he was shown pictures of single girls by his colleagues.
In government agencies, even someone who gets divorced will become the topic of gossips and hearsay will spread across the whole department within two days, said Geng Le, CEO of China's largest gay website danlan.org and the social networking app "Blued."
Geng, 38, was a police officer in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province for nearly 20 years.
Geng realized he was gay not long after graduating from a police academy. He founded the gay community website in 2000 and came out of the closet to his coworkers [url= http://www.nhlrangersteamsh...rsey]Cheap Henrik Lundqvist Jersey[/url] , friends and family in 2008 after his name repeatedly appeared in the media.
In 2003, when famous Hong Kong singer and movie star Leslie Cheung, who was openly gay, jumped to his death, Geng was shocked and sad. But his colleagues would say "Leslie Cheung is gay! How gross!"
It was then that Geng knew his gay identity would not be accepted. He still stays in touch with some of his former colleagues but others stopped talking to him after he made his sexual orientation public.
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Pressure and threats
Mi Tao, 43, a civil servant in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province is one of the few government employees who has publicly come out of the closet.
He told news portal sina that one of his colleagues was also gay and they were quite close because Mi was the only one who knew about his homosexuality.
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For some officials, same-sex love would even make them a target of threats, Ah Qiang, a gay rights activist and founder of PFLAG China based in Guangzhou, told the Global Times. PFLAG stands for "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays."
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However, after talking to Wang, Ah Qiang found that the two men were lovers and Wang was blackmailing the official for money. It was revealed that Wang had done similar things several times and had even been sent to prison three times for blackmail.
"Those officials are afraid about the public knowing their sexual orientation," Wang told Ah Qiang. "It's hard for officials because even if the public approves of their orientation, their bosses will not like it, and public understanding alone is not enough [url= http://www.nhlrangersteamsh...]Authentic Mika Zibanejad Jersey[/url] ," he said.
Talking about his future job prospects, Cheng is not confident. "If I wanted to be promoted, I would not accept any interviews to talk about homosexuality, even on condition of anonymity," Cheng said.
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After that, Geng said his website has not been closed down any more.
As the owner of an Internet company he still deals w