90-year-old Chinese grandmother wants gay marriage for grandson

A 90-year-old grandmother has become a hit on the internet after calling for her gay grandson to be allowed to marry in a video for PFLAG China and expressing her hopes he will find a boyfriend

90-year-old Chinese grandmother wants gay marriage for grandson
14 August 2013 Print This Article

A 90-year-old woman has become an unexpected internet hit in China after her video calling for equal rights for her gay grandson went viral.

‘I am 90 years old,’ the grandmum says in the video, ‘My grandson is gay.

‘He treats me very well and he is sensible. I love him [and] I hope he can find a boyfriend and have a happy life. I hope the government can support him.’

During the video she holds up a sign which says in Chinese, ‘we urge the legalization of same-sex marriages.’

The South China Morning Post managed to track down the woman’s grandson who had said he had been absolutely amazed by his grandmother’s decision to make the video.

‘This means she will have to deal with lots of pressure from strangers and relatives,’ the 28-year-old Fuzhou resident who wished to be anonymous said.

He said his grandmother had been more accepting of his sexuality since he came out than his own parents had been.

‘She even tried to calm my parents, who were less accepting in the beginning, and asked them to take it easy,’ he said.

The video with the unnamed grandmother tops a campaign by Parents and Friends of Gays And Lesbians (PFLAG) who in February had over 100 parents write to lawmakers to urge the legalization of same-sex marriage.

‘Parents seem to care equal marriage rights even more than their children,’ PFLAG China’s A Quiang told the South China Morning Post.

‘They believe their children will better take care of the spouses if they are legally married.’

Earlier this month PFLAG China held events reaching out to LGBTs and their parents in more regional cities.



No thumbnail available

A truly awesome escape to the beaches of Tropical North Queensland

In need of some star-gazing and wallaby-watching, Gareth Johnson leaves the world behind for a slower pace of life in Australia's idyllic beach town Port Douglas
No thumbnail available

Lance Bass clarifies what happened - and didn't happen - during hook-up with Andy Cohen

'I can just tell you right now, there was no Andy D going in my B'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Out NBA player Jason Collins marches in Boston Gay Pride

Joe Kennedy III joins Jason Collins in the Boston Gay Pride parade
No thumbnail available

Are some gay people worth more than others in the activism game?

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights
No thumbnail available

Republican lawmaker in Iowa goes on homophobic rant on floor of state senate

Dennis Guth says media has 'bamboozled' society into accepting gay relationships which he claims are health risk
No thumbnail available

Your gay guide to the Portuguese paradise of Madeira

Founder of GayMadeira.com Tobi Hughes shares his favorite spots for enjoying this idyllic island
No thumbnail available

Will gay people be ‘invisible’ in London’s 2012 Olympics?

GSN investigates what London’s Olympic organizers have done to involve LGBT people, give them a presence at the games and leave a legacy for gay sport
No thumbnail available

Same sex marriage comes under attack in GOP debate

Gay marriage comes under attack during GOP debate
No thumbnail available

Kentucky judge upholds Christian printer's right to refuse gay business

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory