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25 May 2016

University student in Beijing announces love for friend

The romantic scene in front of a crowd of onlookers was shared on Chinese social media site Weibo to mixed reactions

The young student publicly announced his feelings for another man in the middle of an illuminated heart ring on the centre of Beijing's Renmin University campus.

He said "I will be with you, not to play basketball, but to kiss you," according to What's On Weibo. After the pair kissed, the large group of students watching the event apparently responded with enthusiasm.

Reaction online has been far more polarised. Positive comments on social media include "Love goes beyond gender, bless you!"  

Less positive comments reported by What's On Weibo are "Won't mankind perish if everyone's gay? In my opinion, gay people should go and see a psychiatrist." Another person says: "They are a disgrace to the university and when their parents see this, they'll faint."

A report by the UN last week found that only 5% of LGBT in China are able to live openly with their sexuality and that LGBT face discrimination and abuse within their families, their schools, and their workplaces.

However, it also revealed how quickly attitudes are changing in China and stated that young people are quite accepting of sexual and gender diversity and that society's rapid change offers an opportunity for LGBT to achieve equality.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-05-25 05:47  
Good on them, I for one wish them all the best the world has to offer.
2. 2016-05-25 08:26  
A heartfelt expression of love. What could possibly be wrong with that?! I'm heartened by the apparent show of support from those who witnessed it. Wishing them both love and happiness.
3. 2016-05-25 10:25  
It's VERY brave and encouraging to see this - and a relief to here they were (apparently) supported by most of the onlookers. Gives me hope for the future... :) Go for it!
4. 2016-05-25 14:52  
Gosh. I'm shocked that there were negative comments!!!!!

This was on the internet!? Really???
5. 2016-05-26 13:32  
Love is love and someday people will just understand this and accept it... Its a good thing...
6. 2016-06-01 19:32  
Yes its gestures like those that help our cause long may it continue there!

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