LGBTQ Activists in Beijing Held a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Protest for Same-Sex Marriage (Photos)

LGBTQ Activists in Beijing Held a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Protest for Same-Sex Marriage (Photos)

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The Beijing LGBT Center threw a Valentine’s Day protest for same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex couples in wedding dresses and tuxedos stood at the city’s landmarks and held signs with slogans like, “Let us taste the bitterness of marriage!”

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Time Out Beijing writes:

While the stunt earned some bewildered stares, activists also received a few welcome surprises, including a middle aged woman who reportedly cried out ‘I support it!’ in response to an exhortation for the Mainland to support marriage equality.

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Same-sex marriage is illegal in China, and many LGBTQ people still feel the need to hide their identities.

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There’s even a beard-finder app called iHomo designed to connect gay men and lesbians in sham marriages to keep their families happy.

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China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, but the subject is still taboo.

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In 2015, a gay man in Changsha filed a lawsuit when he was denied a marriage license. The court rejected the suit.

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