Police in China shut down the Mr. Gay China Pageant in Beijing an hour before the event was to start. Organizers planned the event to select a contestant for the Worldwide Mr. Gay Pageant to be held in Norway next month. The pageant is said to be the first of its kind in China and was to feature a fashion show, a question and answer session and a host in drag.
Professor Zhang Beichuan of Qingdao University had said, before the show was canceled, that:
“…it reflects a more open and tolerant attitude of the country toward the gay community to host such an event.”