Date
19 January 2017
Principal Luo Jun and Wan Qing (left photo) gesture after she declared she is gay during her graduation ceremony. Wan (right) holds a rainbow flag, symbol of the LGBT movement.  Photos: Weibo
Principal Luo Jun and Wan Qing (left photo) gesture after she declared she is gay during her graduation ceremony. Wan (right) holds a rainbow flag, symbol of the LGBT movement. Photos: Weibo

Gay woman’s coming out at graduation rites ignites social media

Chinese social media is lighting up with chatter over a student who chose her university graduation ceremony to declare she is gay.

Wan Qing also managed to get a public acknowledgment from the principal of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou where she received a journalism diploma.

Ming Pao Daily is reporting that Wang walked up to the rostrum with a rainbow flag, symbol of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement, during Saturday’s ceremony to announce her homosexuality.

Wan then asked the school principal, Luo Jun, for his “blessings” before the two proceeded to have their picture taken together.

She received applause and encouragement from her classmates and some netizens after photos of her coming out moment went online.

But others were not impressed.

Some commenters said Luo had been put on the spot, forcing him to oblige Wan.

They accused her of arrogance for pouncing on Luo, catching him off guard.

Students in the 91-year-old university named after the founder of the Chinese republic are known for their liberal attitude toward homosexuality.

Wan told Ming Pao she has dealt with her homosexuality during the four years she has been in the university.

Her decision to come out in such a manner was meant to highlight the need for social acceptance of homosexuals.

“If bisexuals can be accepted, why can’t gay people?” she said.  

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