Xu Jingsen also known as ASam has become China’s first openly gay athlete and he will be the first-ever Gay Games Ambassador from China. Jingsen came out on his Weibo page. His message was translated by the Federation of Gay Games and OutSports passed it on. Xu Jingsen wrote:
“I am ASam. I will attend the global Gay Games in Paris, France, in August this year and serve as an ambassador.
Life is human, the ultimate measure of our inner courage. Yes, I am gay. We have the right to choose love and to be loved. Sex, age and skin color are not shackles. We are all the same, living in the sun.
Today, I am brave to be my most true self, and I see it as the greatest gift I have ever given. If my bravery brings comfort to those who feel lonely, and encourages them to support equality, then everything I do will be more meaningful.”
Weibo is the Facebook of China and in recent years has been condemned for banning LGBTQ-related content, but after the protest, it rescinded that policy
While homosexuality is legal in China there are few to no protections for LGBT citizens, and studies show that only 5% of Chinese LGBT people are out.
Although the Gay Games doesn’t have a surfing event, Jingsen will compete in swimming and basketball. We wish Jingsen all the best and can’t wait to see how he does at the Paris games and the 2022 Gay Games, which will be held in Hong Kong.