#9 Li Tingting

  • China
  • Activist


Li Tingting, 26, better known in her native China as Li Maizi, is a feminist and gay rights campaigner who has repeatedly been detained and allegedly tortured by Chinese authorities for her public demonstrations. She publicly protests against domestic abuse and in support of same-sex marriage, even holding an illegal wedding with her partner Teresa in Beijing.

Last year Li Tingting was detained for planning to give out stickers calling for a crackdown on sexual harassment on public transport. Detainment will not deter her, though – as she says, “feminism is my soul” – and she has received strong international support for her bravery from the likes of Hillary Clinton.