Homosexuality is quite common in China or so one infers and so they are tolerant. That is why they. use the word 'Tongzhi (åŒå¿—,)' which means 'same purpose' but was used in earlier days for "Comrade', and now for a homosexual. The Chinese society has been quite liberal and 'modern' historically. Here is an example of how emancipated they were and are. Young men sipping tea and having sex. Individual panel from a hand scroll on homosexual themes, paint on silk; China, Qing Dynasty (eighteenth to nineteenth centuries); Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana, United States Just a clarification: being appended since it is in the public domain and can be seen at Kinsey Institute, US. There is a skewed gender ratio that has led to a variety of social problems, including homosexuality in China. Therefore, if you can't beat them, then join them is China's way and so same sex marriages are gaining ground.