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27 Feb 2014

Guangzhou students ask Chinese Leaders to legalize Same-sex Marriage

On Monday 3000 letters, individually addressed to deupities of the National People’s Congress, calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage were sent by students in Guangzhou.

 

The man behind the campaign is Liang Wenhui, from the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Twenty two students helped Liang spend five and a half hours putting the letters in envelopes, addressing them, and posting them.
Last year Liang and his team sent 100 letters to Congress deputies asking for legal recognition of same-sex marriage and to guarantee equal rights. Having received no response, he thought it best to increase the number this year.
Liang claims that same-sex couples in China “have experienced a lot of discrimination when it comes to receiving medical and health services, social welfare, and rights related to the disposal of property, commercial insurance, hukou and the purchase of a home.”
Liang founded the Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance in 2011 which supports LGBT students in Guangzhou. He was profiled by the Nanfang Metropolis Daily that year as one of China’s most prominent gay activists.


The man behind the campaign is Liang Wenhui, from the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Twenty two students helped Liang spend five and a half hours putting the letters in envelopes, addressing them, and posting them.

Last year Liang and his team sent 100 letters to Congress deputies asking for legal recognition of same-sex marriage and to guarantee equal rights. Having received no response, he thought it best to increase the number this year.

Liang claims that same-sex couples in China “have experienced a lot of discrimination when it comes to receiving medical and health services, social welfare, and rights related to the disposal of property, commercial insurance, hukou and the purchase of a home.”

Liang founded the Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance in 2011 which supports LGBT students in Guangzhou. He was profiled by the Nanfang Metropolis Daily that year as one of China’s most prominent gay activists.

 

Reader's Comments

1. 2014-02-27 10:30  
I think what they lack is genuine support, rather than stamps. Only 22 students participated in this? Out of almost 24,000 undergrads currently enrolled at the university?
Comment edited on 2014-02-27 10:31:31
2. 2014-02-28 01:38  
It's an important first step and a great effort done by the students. A lot more of effective awareness activities and aggressive pressures for the Chinese authorities need to be kick-off, for the government to realize, address, accept, tolerate and recognize LGBT community and its issues in China, whereby the society is still upholding a very strong Chinese traditions, patriarchy ethics and heterosexual family values.

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