Students at a technical college in Hunan province recently found that their school had adopted a new slogan—a blatantly homophobic one.
A photo of that message shown on a digital banner at the Hunan Xiangtan Industry Trade Secondary Specialized School was posted onto Weibo on Wednesday by a popular LGBT rights account, Gay Voice (@同志之声).
“Reject homosexuality, create a bright and harmonious campus,” reads the school’s message to its students.
Gay Voice, which counts more than 300,000 followers, prefaced the image by writing: “The failure of sex education coupled with old-fashioned ideas has led to violence and discrimination on campuses, but such blatant homophobia from school officials is still a rare sight.”
Indeed, the last time that homophobic messages on college campuses in China created such a ruckus on Chinese social media was in April 2017, after a pair of female students at Wuhan’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology held up a banner that read: “Defend traditional Chinese ethical principles, uphold socialist core values, resist corruption from decadent Western ideas, keep homosexuality far away from the university campus.”
The students were later found to be women’s basketball players whose apparent hatred of homosexuality had been impressed upon them by their coach.