It’s a first for China! The vast and mega-populated nation doesn’t have any legal restrictions against being gay but has a strong societal undercurrent of homophobia, and coming out as a public figure is a big deal.  So when surfer Xu Jingsen came out of the closet via a public statement, world media noticed, including OUTSPORTS.com

According to the website, the attractive young competitive surfer is the first athlete in China to declare himself gay. “In a post on China’s popular messaging service Weibo, read by more than 360,000 people, ASam explained his decision (as translated by the Federation of Gay Games and Bing):

‘Hello everyone!

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.

Thanks everyone

The post was accompanied by ASam surfing against a rainbow backdrop:

Here’s to more athletes, artists, actors, politicians and other celebrities and average people being true to themselves and living their authentic lives! Visit PeterFever.com to see more attractive Asian men (who aren’t afraid to show it all off to the world).