A 90-year-old grandmother in China took to video-streaming site Youku recently to show her support for her gay grandson and for the legalization of same-sex marriage in her country.
Holding a placard that urges the Chinese government to recognize same-sex marriages, she said in the video: “My grandson is gay. He is very dutiful and sensible. I love him dearly. I hope he finds a good boyfriend and lives a happy life, and I hope that the government supports him.”
China does not recognize same-sex marriages, but the grandmother’s Youku video has garnered support from the country’s LGBT community and the grandson in question.
The man, who identified himself only as Mutou, told the South China Morning Post that he was completely “swept away” by his grandmother’s video: “This means she will have to deal with lots of pressure from strangers and relatives. She even tried to calm my parents – who were less accepting in the beginning – and asked them to take it easy. She did it out of simple love.”
A Qiang, a worker at LGBT organization PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays China), said to the South China Morning Post that parents in China that he works with are in favor of the government legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.
He added: “Parents seem to care equal marriage rights even more than their children. They believe their children will better take care of the spouses if they are legally married.”
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