02/19/2013 11:18 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

A Milestone Moment for China's LGBT Movement -- In Los Angeles

As Americans honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama delivered an inauguration speech that mentioned Stonewall, more than 20 LGBT community activists from China gathered in the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Highland Annex in Hollywood. All graduates of the Center’s Emerging Leaders Program, they came together for an intensive advanced training that lasted nearly three weeks.

All of these activists previously visited L.A., usually in groups of about four, for Center internship designed to hone their skills. They’ve put those skills to good use in China, where they are pioneers in a young LGBT movement–a movement often compared to the U.S. movement 30 years ago.