Following fairly hot on the heels of the marriage staged by Teresa Xu and Li Tingting, a Chinese student has made a brave move in coming out as a lesbian during her graduation ceremony.
Wan Qing, may have just taken a rather large step forward for China’s gay community. This, coupled with the recent Lesbian wedding which took place, just goes to show that the ripples of the SCOTUS ruling are still being felt in the country.
Wan took to her graduation from Sun Yat-sen University, which is in the southern city of Guangzhou, fully draped in the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag. This in itself is a brave move in a country where only 21% of people have been shown to be favour of accepting homosexuality in China.
She then came out to her peers as a lesbian, and later said on her Weibo account: “I’m a lesbian and I hope the legalisation of gay marriage will not be the end but a starting point for equal rights. Those who don’t want to get married receive respect too.”
What happened next turned the events from brave into heartwarming, as the president gave her a hug and raised his fist with a smile, in a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
As we discussed in our article on Teresa Xu and Li Tingting, a lot of LGBTQ+ people still marry people of the opposite sex due to societal pressure, so the fact that we have two large shows of support from people with such a short space of time is fantastic.
Ah Qiang, head of Guangzhou-based activist group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), said to International Business Times: “This will be a very big encouragement to other young gay and lesbian people in China — it’s very positive, and will have a big impact.”
You can view more of Wan’s photos here.