A student from Sun Yat-Sen University took to the stage at her graduation ceremony to publicly come out as being a lesbian, while further calling for equal rights across the country.
Wearing a rainbow flag around her shoulders, Wan Qing was seen hugging the university’s president in one picture, and in another, the two held up clenched fists in a sign of solidarity for the LGBT community.
On the night of her graduation, she took to her Weibo account to explain that “I’m a lesbian and I hope the legalization of gay marriage will not be the end but a starting point for equal rights.” She also urged that “those who don’t want to get married receive respect too.” The post was shared over 3,500 times.
The 22-year-old graduate said she was inspired by the recent US Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage nationwide.
A member with the university newspaper alleged that some professors of the school’s Communist Youth League Committee had asked for the images of Wan’s rainbow flag to be removed from its WeChat account. She said that she never personally received any warnings, only words of encouragement from professors.
“The dean of media and entertainment studies shook my hand and complimented my action,” Wan said in an online interview. “Many other professors didn’t even know what the rainbow flag stands for! I had to explain,” she added.
by Maggie Wong