Police inspector John MacLennan was 'hounded' into suicide over homosexuality

John MacLennan

Murray Burton was responding to questions raised in last week's Sunday Morning Post about how MacLennan could fire off five rounds into his own body, and the conspiracy theories that have arisen over the motive behind the police force's homosexuality charges against him.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 8:18am

Transsexuals call for laws to help minorities

Mimi Wong is now an activist

While the transsexual identified only as W can look forward at last to a "magical" wedding to her boyfriend, she says much more needs to be done to protect sexual minorities in Hong Kong.

14 May 2013 - 4:59am 1 comment

Fear of 'Yellow Peril' lives on

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad insulting mainland Chinese as 'locusts'. Photo: AFP

Today, 131 years ago, the US Senate passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law directly aimed at rejecting entry of an ethnic group, and one of many aimed at the same prejudicial treatment of other Asian ethnic groups. By today's standards, there is no doubt it is racist.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 3 comments

Freed teenager accuses police of racial discrimination after year in detention

Tahir Khan displays his identity cards. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Nineteen-year-old Tahir Khan, who moved to Hong Kong in 2011, accuses the police of racial discrimination for depriving him of his freedom. He was detained for a year on suspicion of robbery and told by a judge he had no case to answer after he was freed.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 5 comments

Photographer's disability doesn't stop him from daring to dream

Photographer Kevin Cheng and the Lego man at his exhibition at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre. No one knows what's behind the mask, says Cheng. Photo: Thomas Yau

No dreamer is ever too small and no dream is ever too big to achieve - photographer Kevin Cheng Kai-man is living testimony to this popular quote. Despite being physically stunted and confined to a wheelchair by a rare genetic disease, Cheng, 27, has fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional photographer.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Lesbian couple hurt by official's disrespect at marriage registry

Lesbian lovers Mayu Yu (left), 27, and Elsie Liao, 21. Photo: Simon Song

Mayu Yu, a 27-year old social worker, said a male official at the registry told her and her partner that they could not be registered because the law did not recognise a marriage between two women.

27 Feb 2013 - 1:27pm 2 comments

Activists lament workplace discrimination against women in China

A woman looks at the employment opportunities posted on walls at a job fair in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua

Zheng Churan, a women's rights activist in Guangzhou, said many female graduates had complained to her about the many application letters they sent out and the few responses they received, while many less-qualified male classmates easily found jobs.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:24am 3 comments

China rediscovering a more tolerant past

An elderly gay couple hold a wedding ceremony at a restaurant in Beijing on Jan 30, 2013. Photo: China Foto Press

It could have been a scene straight from an Ang Lee movie. But this real-life incident from last week speaks volumes about gay rights and culture in contemporary China.

21 Feb 2013 - 10:10am

How discrimination and stereotyping affect us all

Protesters on their way to the Central Government Offices. Photo: Felix Wong

At our first hotpot supper this year, we talked about what had happened that day. My daughter fell and hurt her leg after a stranger accidentally kicked her.

3 Feb 2013 - 3:51pm

Locals-only in Hong Kong schools will send the wrong message

Locals-only in Hong Kong schools will send the wrong message

Hong Kong parents can heave a sigh of relief after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced that the policy of no delivery bookings for expectant mainland mothers whose husbands are not legally resident here will be maintained in the longer term. But that does not mean the tension arising from an influx of children born to mainland parents will soon be over.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:33am 13 comments

Discrimination still plagues leprosy victims in mainland China

Many leprosy cases are found in Yunnan province. Photo: Steve Cray

Today is World Leprosy Day, which was established in the 1950s to highlight the plight of millions of people affected by a devastating and disfiguring illness. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Disability no hurdle to Special Marathon 2013 participants

Runners put their best feet forward at the sports track at Chinese University's Sha Tin campus yesterday morning. Photo: Felix Wong

Thousands of people took part in a special race yesterday aimed at breaking down the barriers for people with mental disabilities.

A record-high turnout of 1,988 people took part in the three-kilometre and five-kilometre races of the iRun Hong Kong Jockey Club Special Marathon 2013, organised by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Letters to the Editor, January 20, 2013

Hong Kong lags the world in electric bike use. Photo: NYT

Anti-gay rights rally an affront to tolerance

It was a sad spectacle to see a group of self-righteous Christians gathered at Tamar Park on Sunday, January 13 to rally against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT ) equal rights ("Christians in prayer rally to fight gay law proposal", January 14).

20 Jan 2013 - 5:24am 4 comments

A victim's journey offers hope for battered women

Activists shout anti-rape slogans in Kathmandu. Photo: AFP

Trisha Meili should go to India. She is an American who may be able to give hope to women who despair about the savagery traditionally inflicted by men on women there.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am

China Digest, January 4, 2013

A 12-year-old boy has been detained after stealing a police car and crashing it into a BMW in downtown Chuzhou on Tuesday, Ahwang.cn reports.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:29am