Yanzi Peng (he/him)
Yanhui Peng (aka Yanzi) is the founder and director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China, a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. Peng founded LGBT Rights Advocacy China in 2013 to advance LGBT equality through China’s legal system. LGBT Rights Advocacy China built professional networks of lawyers and journalists, and supported impact litigation against conversion therapy, employment discrimination, media censorship, and homophobic university textbooks. In 2019, Peng and his colleagues started a campaign to submit proposals to lawmakers that called for legalizing same-sex marriage in China’s Civil Code, catalyzing a large number of submissions and drawing significant attention to the issue. Peng is one of the 5 Grand Marshals of NYC Pride celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2020. From 2007 to 2013, Peng was a program manager at Sun Yat-Sen University’s Institute for Civil Society, and in 2019 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. At the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center, Peng is conducting research and writing on the parental rights of LGBT people.