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60% in Hong Kong Back LGBT Protections

Monday, November 10th, 2014

titleA new survey in Hong Kong showed a high level of support for protections for the LGBT community.

Gay Star News reports:

The paper, published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), comes two weeks after a three-month public consultation on the city’s anti-discrimination laws. ‘Our survey found that a majority of Hong Kong people hold generally favorable views of gays and lesbians, and a majority support enacting legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Only 20% of the public said that they disagree with such legislation,’ the report said.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 83 per cent, said parents should love their children regardless of their sexual orientation. In contrast, only 16 per cent of respondents said that their acceptance of an individual was affected by the individual’s sexual orientation and 28 per cent said gays and lesbians were immoral.

Of course, Hong Kong is one of the most liberal parts of China, having been under British rule until 1997. But still, it’s an encouraging sign.

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China: Hong Kong Has Barred the UK Consulate From Marrying Same Sex Couples

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Hong KongAfter news broke that UK consulates around the world would marry same sex couples, Hong Kong moved to block the practice.

Pink News reports:

Under secondary same-sex marriage legislation which came into effect last week, couples can marry in 23 British consulates across the world under British law where local law prohibits same-sex marriage, including Russia and China. The countries are Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, and Vietnam. However, officials at the British consulate in Hong Kong confirmed the local government had banned them from performing marriages, despite permission in mainland China, and despite Hong Kong’s large British population.

I thought that a consulate, like an embassy, was essentially another country – how is it that Hong Kong can ban what happens on UK soil?

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China: Head of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission Proposes Civil Unions

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

York Chow Yat-ngokSame-sex couples in Hong Kong may get civil unions, under a new proposal from the city’s Equal Opportunities Commission.

The South China Morning Post reports:

Amid an international debate on gay marriage, Dr York Chow Yat-ngok says other governments consider it a “matter of human rights” to allow people to marry others of the same sex. But he says conservative influences in Hong Kong will make it difficult to change the law, which restricts marriage to a union between a man and a woman. A civil union is a legal recognition of the partnership between a same-sex couple, which grants them the same rights in law as marriage in matters such as welfare benefits and inheritance. But Chow hopes that by not using the word marriage, this would be more acceptable to conservative Hongkongers.

It would be a big change for China, which so far has not recognized same-sex couples at all.

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China: Marriage Equality Activists March in Hong Kong

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Hong KongGay rights advocates marched toe marriage equality yesterday in Hong Kong. Gay Star News reports:

The annual march marks the date of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China and is a rallying point for pro-democracy supporters and law reform campaigners. A big contingent from Hong Kong equal love campaign Big Love took part in this year’s march which over 100,000 people took part in. Marching with Big Love were openly gay Cantonese pop singer Denise Ho Wan-Si and alternative music star Anthony Wong Yiu-Ming.

China has about 1.34 billion people. Add these to the current 600 million who live in places that enjoy marriage equality, and a third of the world would enjoy marriage equality.

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China: Marriage Equality “Bed-In” For Marriage Equality

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Hong KongA group of LGBT activists staged a “bed-in” protest for marriage equality this week. Gay Star News reports:

Hong Kong’s Big Love Alliance, a coalition of LGBT rights campaigners, held a ‘bed-in’ for same-sex love in a hotel room earlier this week. Lesbian socialite Gigi Chao booked a room at five-star Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay for an art exhibition and political statement inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘bed-in’ for peace in 1969. The Give Love a Chance exhibition, part of Hong Kong Contemporary art fair, was open from Saturday to Monday this week (25 to 27 May). Artists Beryl Foo, Mak Ying Tung, Vivian Ho and Yan Yung exhibited and sold work to raise money for Big Love Alliance.

Marriage equality activism is really ramping up in Asia. Wonder which country will get there first? India? Thailand? Vietnam? Nepal? China?

Hong Kong: Transgender Woman Wins Right to Marry Boyfriend

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Hong KongIt took five years, but a transgender woman just won the right to marry her boyfriend in Hong Kong. Gay Star News reports:

In a landmark decision, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal has ruled that a transsexual woman can marry her boyfriend. A Hong-Kong-born transsexual woman in her mid-30s, known only as ‘W’ in court, has won a five year battle to win the right to marry the man she loves. Michael Vidler, a partner of the legal firm representing the case, called the judgment a ‘resounding victory’ and said he was ‘relieved’ and ‘happy’ with the judgement.

Congratulations to the happy couple… a rare moment when transgender rights advance before marriage equality rights.

Hong Kong: Court of Final Appeal To Hear Transgender Woman’s Marriage Case

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Hong KongHong Kong’s top court is preparing to hear the case of a transgender woman who has been fighting for years to marry her boyfriend. Pink News reports:

The woman, known only as ‘W’, has fought since 2010 to get married to her boyfriend. Hong Kong’s Registrar of Marriages had ruled that, as her birth certificate still states she is male, she cannot marry a man according to the City’s laws, which do not allow for same-sex marriage. Her case reached the High Court but was thrown out. She has now taken the matter to the Court of Final Appeal, which will give a definitive ruling.

This case clearly shows that marriage equality is not only about gay and lesbian couples, because transgender citizens suffer inequality under the same laws as well. We hope W wins her fight!

Hong Kong, China: Lesbian Whose Father Offered Her Money to Marry a Man Speaks Up

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Hong KongYou may remember the strange story of the rich man in Hong Kong who offered his lesbian daughter millios of she would leave her partner and marry a man. Now Gay Star News has an update:

Speaking to Hong Kong Tatler, Chao described the multitude of odd things that happened to her since the story was first reported in September 2012. She described how George Clooney’s former body double offered to marry her, and how she was inundated with love letters from war veterans and even gay men. One man wrote every day for five months describing his erotic fantasies about her, and a Mainland Chinese woman offered her own husband.

The happy ending? “Chao continues to live with and love her partner of eight years Sean Eav.”

Read the whole story at the link above – it’s fascinating.

China: Hong Kong Stalls on LGBT Rights Reform

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Hong KongThe refusal of Hong Kong lawmakers to carry out a public consultation on improving LGBT rights has sparked outrage in the local community.

The Legislative Council voted down a motion to carry out a public consultation in November 2012, but LGBT rights groups had hoped that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying might revive the idea in his first annual policy speech on Wednesday.

However, Mr Leung used his speech to confirm that the consultation would not be held, causing fresh anger among the LGBT community.

Authored By Corinne Pinfold – See the Full Story at Pink News

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China: Film Highlights LGBT Discrimination in Hong Kong

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

A new short film highlights discrimination faced by LGBT employees in Hong Kong, Fridae reports:

The Pantry is based on true stories drawn from offices around Hong Kong. The film, which is the first in a series from AD Media, aims to raise awareness and hopes to inspire LGBT and LGBT-friendly citizens to break their silence and stand up for human rights.

Hong Kong continues to drag behind competition because the government chooses to ignore recent survey results* and bows before religious extremists instead, thereby denying equality rights to the very people whose taxes it relies on and, on the broader picture, ignoring calls from the United Nations Human Rights Commission to clean up its record.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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