Chinese same-sex marriage campaigner wins UN Women poll

Sociologist Li Yinhe comes out top of UN Women poll on Weibo, beating glamorous movie actresses

Chinese same-sex marriage campaigner wins UN Women poll
07 May 2012

Chinese same-sex marriage advocate Li Yinhe has won a poll set by UN Women to find a female ambassador for China.

The poll on microblog site Weibo set Chinese Academy of Social Sciences sociologist Li against popular movie actresses Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing, Sun Li and Jiang Wenli, but she came out as the best women’s ambassador for China with 53% of the vote. Glamorous red-carpet native Fan Bingbing came second with 15.5%.

Li referred to her glitzy company on Weibo and said ‘not a hoax right?’ But the poll was from the UN Women ambassador for China verified account.

Li regularly proposes legalising same-sex marriage to China’s annual Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and has over 520,000 fans on Weibo. ‘I think Chinese society is ready to accept same-sex marriage, but the official attitude is still very conservative,’ she said in an interview in 2010.

UN Women was created in 2010 to focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the world.

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