In the last 20 years much has changed in China. Chinese want more freedoms, and I think the govt is aware of this and is SLOWLY changing to adapt to a more democratic viewpoint. There are still very many powerful conservative people who do not want change, but they will die off. Gays are much better off than they were even 10 years ago. In some large cities it is possible to lead a gay life, to some degree. A few universities have classes in gay studies now. If I were a gay man in China, I would press for more freedoms in a peaceful, non-confrontational way. China is a conformist society, yes, but Chinese people are very individualistic and their govt will eventually grant more freedom, even to gays, as long as the legitimacy of the govt is not challenged.