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CNN profiles Wu Youjian (aka 'Mama Wu'), who is the head of China's PFLAG chapter and campaigns for parents to accept their gay children. Wu couldn't type until she was 60 but now writes a blog read by thousands.

Watch the story of this amazing mom, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This woman is heroic.

    What she's doing is so important. Great story to hear.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 17, 2010 11:53:53 AM


  2. More reports like this, Andy.

    Posted by: rascal | Nov 17, 2010 12:02:44 PM


  3. This absolutely made my day. Thank you for finding this. Queer Asian groups in NYC are trying to launch a similar project here in the states. It's called the Asian Pride Project - http://asianprideproject.org/

    Again, thanks for sharing.

    Posted by: Dennis | Nov 17, 2010 12:03:33 PM


  4. Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.

    Posted by: Jerome | Nov 17, 2010 1:11:43 PM


  5. I give it a month and we'll be hearing about her in a Gulag.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Nov 17, 2010 1:21:14 PM


  6. I can see the kindness in her face.

    Posted by: Darlinkula | Nov 17, 2010 1:30:03 PM


  7. This is so inspiring and touching. What a wonderful woman (and mother).

    Posted by: mike | Nov 17, 2010 2:16:05 PM


  8. She does--she looks like a lovely person. And her son's cuter than cute..

    Posted by: Danny | Nov 17, 2010 4:18:56 PM


  9. Some people confuse China with Burma. Though China too suffered from the Victorian morals and prejudices imposed by the foreign powers that tried to influence the Manchu dynasty and after in order to turn their family model to a western style –in China if you were rich enough you could have more than a wife, etc. – the current China is more preoccupied with being an overpopulated country. Also the traditional stern family values have been sifted through decades of communism –included the infamous Cultural Revolution- so it’s not surprising that at least the LGTB have a chance to be open about it.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Nov 17, 2010 5:07:21 PM


  10. Sweet story.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 17, 2010 5:56:00 PM


  11. So lovely! (Although, Lexxvs, do that many people *actually* confuse China and Burma?)

    Posted by: RP | Nov 17, 2010 6:05:38 PM


  12. what a great Mom!

    Posted by: fanboi | Nov 17, 2010 8:14:19 PM


  13. Some people still think gays get dragged off to prison for being gay. This doesn't happen anymore, anyone that's been to China recently can attest to that.

    The biggest hurdle against the advancement of equality in the West has always been our traditional religious beliefs.

    In East Asia, religion is silent on the issue, not to mention the vast majority of people are irreligious. Basically the only thing holding back equality is a lack of visibility for gays. That can be solved over time. I wouldn't be surprised if China surpasses the US in becoming a society more accepting of homosexuality within the next 20 years. Without entrenched homophobia backed by religious dogma, there is little reason to oppose gay rights.

    Posted by: Brian B. | Nov 17, 2010 10:10:46 PM


  14. ABC News this week devoted its evening program to the progress that China is making. Its economy, green technology, education, and westernization make a strong contrast to the United States where Republicans seem to want to take us back to the Dark Ages. GOP now denies belief in science as evidenced by their backwardness on evolution and global warming. Acceptance of homosexuality shows they are moving forward, not backwards.

    Posted by: georgiaguy | Nov 18, 2010 1:56:38 AM


  15. She's a sweet spirit, bless her!

    Posted by: GaryJ | Nov 18, 2010 9:02:40 AM


  16. What a fantastic story.

    Posted by: Nathe | Nov 21, 2010 2:36:42 AM


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