Integration between Identity Politics and Family Harmony: the Practice of PFLAG China.
This research focuses on the parents of homosexual children ’s participation in homosexual activism in mainland China and the practice of PFALG China. As has been discussed, the pressure to enter (opposite-sex)marriage from families of origin is seen as the biggest barrier for homosexual people in Chinese context. However, with the construction of tongzhi(gay and lesbian) identity, progress of urbanization, the development of higher education, and popularization of Internet, for the generations born in 1980s and 1990s, more and more homosexual people have decided to come out to their parents. Called by the idea of New Familialism, seeing the happiness of individual as the responsibility of the whole family, instead of Familialism, acquiring that the individual should sacrifice for the family, many parents, especially mothers, participate in the life arrangement of gay and lesbian children, and the homosexual activism through joining PFLAG China. As family is seen as the biggest common issue for gay and lesbian people in the context of mainland China, the PFLAG China has the potentiality to unite the LG community. In these years, the PFLAG China has been making great effort to developing branches in different cities in China, and has become the biggest nationwide LGBT organization in mainland China.