Here's a way to start the day:
On a sweltering day in June, a bunch of young people was handing out leaflets to passers-by. They wore badges with the Chinese characters "Tongzhi Nihao" and a smiling face printed against a rainbow background, symbolizing gay pride.
Tongzhi Nihao, which literally means, "Hello, gay people," is a nationwide call to straight people to greet homosexuals. Tongzhi, the buzzword that used to mean "comrade", now has taken on a new connotation, referring to homosexuals.
A 30-year-old working as a bike park guard was at a loss till the volunteers carefully explained the activity to him. Straight people like him were urged to write a line of greeting for homosexuals on the whiteboard and take a photo with the big smile motif.
"I am willing to do it but I am illiterate," the man said.
In the end, he traced over the four Chinese characters on the board and smiled happily for the camera.[...]
Several old people did offer their best wishes. An old man finally accepted the idea that homosexuality is just as common as being left-handed, after a young volunteer reasoned with him for over 20 minutes. In a park, a retired elderly gentleman wrote, "Tongzhi, go for it," on the ground using a huge brush after learning the word's new meaning.