Liang Wenhui, a graduate student in the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, has gotten quite a bit of attention after rallying together university students to send 3,000 individually-addressed letters to deputies of the National People’s Congress advocating for the recognition of same-sex marriages.
A lack of legal recognition for same-sex unions makes many already-difficult bureaucratic processes in China nearly impossible for gay couples. Liang claims that social welfare and medical services, property rights, insurance, and hukou-system woes (none of which are exactly a cakewalk for heterosexual couples) are rife with discrimination against same-sex couples.
Liang has tried similar letter-writing campaigns before, and attempted to contact 100 deputies last year, to no avail. These 3,000 are certainly harder to ignore, but if there is one thing that deputies of the NPC have gotten figured out, it’s how to do just that.
Liang runs the “Chinese Gay Straight Alliiance” organization, whose website can be found here.