Original Chinese Language Text: By Wu Fang Wang (芜房网)
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
In early 2013 in China, two elderly gentleman announced through their Twitter account to their family and friends, that they were involved in a long-term love affair and that they intended to marry. Not long after this statement – the two were indeed married. This story has fuelled controversy in some sections of conservative Chinese society. One of the couple is a retired teacher – whilst the other was a bottled water supplier. As the latter used to deliver battled water to the home of the former, the two eventually fell in-love. They refer to one another as ‘little treasure’ and ‘big treasure’ and on the 3th of January, 2013, in a ceremony attended by supporters – they were married.
Later, a spokesperson from the Beijing LGBT Centre praised the courage of these two men when he said:
“It is very difficult within the context of Chinese culture for young and old (gay) people to fully express what they think and feel about one another to the wider society.”
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.
Original Chinese Language Source Article