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16 Million Wives Married to Homosexual Men

According to a national television program broadcast in 2005, approximately 90% of homosexual men chose to get married due to social pressure. Their wives know nothing about their sexual orientation. 

According to statistics released by relevant charity organizations, there are 30 to 50 million homosexual people of both sexes in China. The number of women married to homosexual men is thought to be higher than 10 million. Expert on homosexuality Zhang Beichuan estimates the number to be around 16 million. Aside from the emotional entanglements that such a union faces, these spouses may risk an increased chance of contracting HIV unknowingly.

The main reason that homosexual people get married is the enormous social pressure put on them. In China's society, it is far easier for them to get married than to reveal their sexual orientation to their families and friends.

Statistics from the "Home for Wives Married to Homosexual Men" website report that more than 1,000 people aged between 20 and 60 have registered and regularly contribute their stories to the website.

A few organizations have been established by social workers and former wives to provide psychological consultation and legal aid to these women. 

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