Happy Pride! How to Talk About LGBT in Chinese

Happy Pride! Every year, the month of June is Pride Month, a time of recognition for the LGBT community filled with celebrations and events around the world.

Taiwan is the only place in Asia that has legalized same sex marriage, but LGBT people live and celebrate Pride Month everywhere. Learn how to talk respectfully about queer topics in Chinese with your friends and peers!

How can you talk about Pride Month and LGBT in Chinese? Here are the vocabulary terms you need to know:

骄傲节 Jiāo’ào jié – Pride Month

同性恋 Tóngxìngliàn – Gay

双性恋 Shuāng xìng liàn – Bisexual

泛性恋 Fàn xìng liàn – Pansexual

无性恋 Wúxìng liàn – Asexual

酷儿 Kù er  – Queer

性别酷儿 Xìngbié kù er – Genderqueer

跨性别 Kuà xìngbié – Transgender

顺性别 Shùn xìngbié – Cisgender

拉拉 Lā lā – Lesbian

同婚 Tóng hūn – Same-sex marriage

TA – a gender-neutral pronoun (has the same pronunciation as 她/他 but no Chinese character)

彩虹旗 Cǎihóng qí – Rainbow flag

彩虹族群 Cǎihóng zúqún – LGBT community (rainbow people)

出柜 Chū guì – Come out (of the closet)

LGBT in Chinese - Pride flags

Now that you can discuss topics relating to LGBT in Chinese…

Read more about Pride Month and LGBT in China here:

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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