A volleyball star – who bought her partner a new flat earlier this month – has come out as gay in China where the LGBT community still faces widespread discrimination.
Sun Wenjing, 26, shared a photo of her posing with her partner on social media on 9th September and wrote for her followers: “She doesn’t need to do anything, I surrender time and again. She is the whole part of me, from one year to another.”
Despite coming out as lesbian, same-sex couples in China are unable to marry or adopt children, and there are currently no anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBT people.
According to reports, members of the LGBT community often face discrimination in China despite many years of campaigning for equal rights and acceptance in society. As a result, very few Chinese celebrities admit they are gay in public.
The Chinese authorities have recently been accused of taking down LGBT group accounts on social media as well as strongly promoting traditional views on gender.
However, many netizens praised the volleyball star for coming out as gay and wished the couple well for the future.
Sun plays for a volleyball club in the Chinese capital Beijing which she joined as a child, winning the title at the 12th National Games in 2013.
However, despite being scouted by the Chinese team in the past, she is yet to make an appearance for her national side.
Her partner, who calls herself ‘Mrs Sun’ on the social network Weibo, said the volleyball star gifted her with a “130-square-metre flat” earlier this month, and posted a copy of the property’s paperwork.
In February, she said Sun bought her a brand new Mercedes for their first anniversary.