Media accused of anti-homosexual reports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 August, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 1997, 12:00am

Homosexuals yesterday accused the media of fuelling discrimination against gays by portraying them in an unsympathetic way.

They urged the press and TV to play a bigger role in the acceptance of homosexuals.

Organisers of the 1998 Chinese Tonji Conference told a press conference that most media reports reinforced stereotypes that gays ignored safe sex and carried AIDS.

Committee member John Loo said: 'Some media are becoming more neutral but others are still misleading the public. We respect freedom of speech, but we hope local media could take up more responsibilities in educating the citizens and reporting objectively.' Fellow member Aaron Saele said lesbians were more discriminated against than gay men, but she hoped next February's conference would help remove prejudices.