UPDATE - 28 July 2016: Xiaoyu Wang delivered our more than 75,000 signatures to the President of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. We’ll keep the pressure going, but here is what Xiaoyu Wang had to say to All Out members: “It wasn’t until I saw each name on the petition and each comment on All Out’s Facebook page that I realised how many people around the world are supporting me. (…) Mine is not the only case among queer students here. I hope the petition can push the school to make some positive changes. Thanks everyone again and wish you all the best.”
The most romantic day of my life turned into a nightmare.
My girlfriend proposed to me the day we graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, one of the most respected schools in China. That's a tradition here – but not if you’re a lesbian.
After photos of our proposal went viral, party officials at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies threatened to withhold my diploma, saying we should "keep our homosexuality to ourselves and don’t pester others."
It didn’t stop there. They outed me to my parents and had the police break into my apartment to collect personal notes as "evidence".
I’m devastated and humiliated, but I’m fighting back and need your help.
Sign my petition asking my university to publicly apologise to me, my girlfriend, and my family – and to make sure this never happens again.
Thanks for going All Out,
Xiaoyu Wang, with the All Out team
Published July 8, 2016