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Updated 10:35 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 18, 2019

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China Hosts First LGBT Job Fair In Shanghai; An Effort To Break Away From Conservative Culture

China hosts first of its kind job fair exclusively for the lesbians in the region, but big companies choose to avoid the gathering.

In a unique move that promotes the cause of welfare of the LGBT community, China hosted the first ever job fair for the gay members of the region. The job fair was unique because it was targeted exclusively towards the gays, transgender and bisexuals in the region. According to ECNS, the fair consists 17 employers which also included some Fortune 500 companies. Needless to say, the fair received an overwhelming response from the employers as well as employees; however, there were still many companies that chose to avoid the fair simply because of the controversial participants.

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Though the event was conducted in April 25 and was completed successfully, the fair has drawn attention again. As per Gbtimes, this is because on 17th May this year, China will celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, wherein the country has been known for its conservative outlook. However, of late, the country seems to be opening up to the idea of the LGBT community gaining prominence in the different aspects of life. The success of the LGBT fair clearly indicates that broadening mind set.

Moving on to the details of the fair, the 17 companies participating in the fair included Google, L'OREAL, Starbucks and Microsoft, which recruited many people; however, a lot of people are saying that the companies are looking at such LGBT fairs as a mere promotional event and therefore they are yet to have their required impact.

Nevertheless, the success of the fair clearly indicates that China is trying hard to break away from its traditions and is taking efforts in the right direction to modernize its outlook, said reports. 

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