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Gay Chinese sometimes joke: “The revolution has not succeeded, so comrades need to keep working hard.” Ever since they adopted the term “comrade” to describe themselves, gay Chinese have been borrowing this famous last line uttered by the late Sun Yat-sun, the founding father of modern China. It may sound a little trite, but certainly has a ring of truth to it. After decades of hiding underground, gay Chinese have finally come out amid loosening government policies and social attitude. Younger gays, in particular, have found the confidence to express their true identity and pursuits to the rest of society. Aware of the deep-rooted prejudice, however, most of them have no illusions about a quick path to full equality. Instead, they have decided to make a difference first in places close to them. Da Peng, our guest for the episode, is the leader of a pioneer gay student group at a local university. He has focused his energy on teaching self-acceptance to fellow gay students and creating a more inclusive campus environment.
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