After Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang, two men from China’s central Hunan province, unsuccessfully sued the government for denying them a marriage certificate, they organized their own unofficial wedding in May, vowing it would be the first of 100 such LGBT ceremonies. The second wedding will be held next Wednesday in the island province of Hainan. The upcoming wedding will join bride Yao Mei and groom Aries Liu in unofficial matrimony. Liu is a transgender man, and because it is very difficult to change one’s registered gender in China, Yao and Liu cannot officially marry.
September 9 / Sixth Tone