This video went viral on Wiebo.
It became viral after the social media platform announced a campaign to ban gay content to meet China’s censorship rules. Many considered it another sign of stigmatization against LGBT people in China. Tens of thousands of people posted to Weibo with the hashtag #IAmGay.
China is home to some of the world’s least gay-friendly cities. There are an estimated 70 million LGBT people in mainland China. According to a 2016 survey of 20,000 LGBT Chinese, only 4% were openly gay. Homosexuality was illegal in China until 1997.
South China Morning Post shows the video of members of the LGBT community hitting the street for support. A blindfolded member stood in crowded places in China wearing a shirt that says “I’m gay. Would you hug me?”.
Because of this video, Wiebo backtracked.
LGBT people in China hit the streets for support, amid news of a social media ban. They felt the love – in hugs.
Posted by South China Morning Post on Friday, 20 April 2018