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LGBT students deal with bullying

By Xu Lin ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-01-06 11:02:35

Twenty-year-old Bing Feng was a victim of violence at school for years. Words such as "queer", "hermaphrodite" and "sissy" were hurled at him right up to high school.

"I've heard them so often that I'm not sensitive to those words anymore now," says Bing, who gave us an alias to protect his identity. The soft-spoken boy is now a junior at a university in Guangdong province.

He failed to enter the circle of boys because of his meek character and gentle disposition.

"I even considered committing suicide," he says.

At university, life has improved - his classmates don't know about his sexual preference and show him respect.

Bing is not an isolated case.

In April, Aibai Culture and Education Center, and Guangzhou's Associated Gay/Les Campus (AGLC) launched an online survey on school bullying related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The research covered middle and vocational schools, college and university. Both are non-governmental organizations focusing on LGBT rights.

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