In 2019, Wu Wei, a gay civil servant in the Zhejiang province, attempted suicide after four painful years of being bullied at work for being gay. He's not alone. Millions of Chinese LGBT+ people are discriminated against and bullied at their workplaces.
21% of the LGBT+ people surveyed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said they had been treated unfairly at work. 75% choose to not come out and 91% of trans people are low-income. There's no legislation banning workplace discrimination against LGBT+ people in China. That means they are exposed to a high risk of unemployment, underemployment, and various forms of discrimination.
Unfortunately, many international companies fail to protect their LGBT+ employees in China, too – even if they present themselves as supporters of the LGBT+ community elsewhere in the world. Companies like Coca-Cola, Starbucks, H&M, L'Oréal, and TikTok, have adopted diversity and inclusion policies that protect their LGBT+ staff – but not in China.
Sign this petition and ask the CEOs of these five companies to drop these double standards and protect their LGBT+ staff in China now.
This campaign is being run in conjunction with local activists who prefer not to reveal their names.