Gay rights activist arrested after protest in Changsha

LGBT activists march for gay rights in Changsha on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Police in Changsha have detained a young gay rights activist after he organised a protest in the capital of Hunan province to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. 

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Lawyer Michael Vidler: rights hero pushing waves of change

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

After solicitor Michael Vidler skimmed through the top court's landmark ruling affirming the right of his client, a transsexual woman known as "W", to marry her fiancé, he summed up how the victory felt. It was, he said, like "taking a through-train to justice".

20 May 2013 - 11:28am 3 comments

EU poll reveals extent of homophobic abuse

Dutch Queen Maxima (left) receives a 'Rainbow Europe Map', a tool to measure European countries' recognition of the human rights of LGBT people, from Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Almost two-thirds of Europe’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and most feel discriminated against, an EU report said on Friday, the International Day Against Homophobia.

17 May 2013 - 11:10pm

Two Danish comics to write Sacha Baron Cohen's film of Gigi Chao's story

Two Danish comics to write Sacha Baron Cohen's film of Gigi Chao's story

Comedians Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam are reported to have signed up for the Hollywood film loosely inspired by Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung's HK$500 million bounty to woo and wed his lesbian daughter, Gigi.

10 May 2013 - 11:20am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2013

Zhang Dejiang feels Hong Kong is losing its edge. Photo: Xinhua

I read with interest what Zhang Dejiang, No 3 on the Communist Party's seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, said to the Business and Professionals Alliance delegation in Beijing on April 27. Wang said, "Hong Kong's competitive edge is weakening and will fade away if the city does not put its focus on economic development."

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

The truth has set Collins free

Jason Collins. Photo: NYT

As far as seminal moments in sports go, this is near the top. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," Jason Collins wrote in a Sports Illustrated cover story this week. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

5 May 2013 - 4:03am

Museum gets 'kissing guards' from first local art donor

Inflatable sculptures by Hong Kong artist Tam Wai Ping titled 'Falling into Mundane World' displayed at the Mobile M+: Inflation! exhibition. M+ museum has received its first art donation from a Hong Kong collector. Photo: AFP

The West Kowloon museum has received its first donation from a Hong Kong collector, who hopes to challenge people's ideas about art and politics with a performance work featuring two security guards kissing.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

France adopts gay marriage law after strong debate

Hundreds of people opposed to same-sex marriage protest on Monday in Nantes, western France, as anti-riot policemen stand to prevent incidents with some same-sex marriage supporters. Photo: AFP

France’s lower house National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:45am

LGBT tourism: is HK missing out?

Benjie Caraig wins the Mr Gay Hong Kong title last year. Clubs find such events attract straight clientele, too. Photo: Sam Tsang

Members of the Hong Kong lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have heard the story time and again: a man and his husband check into a hotel after a long flight and grow increasingly exasperated as the smiling but confused receptionist asks for the third time: "Are you sure you don't want separate beds?"

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am 7 comments

Gigi Chao, partner and dad attend Dirty Dancing show … separately

Gigi Chao (right) and her partner Sean Eav arrive for the show, followed shortly afterward by her father. Photo: May Tse

Gigi Chao and her father may have different opinions about how she lives her life, but that did not deter them from enjoying a night at the theatre under the same roof last night.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:00am

I was thrown out of the closet but decided to set a good example, says Gigi Chao

Gigi Chao says anti-discrimination laws would mean fewer people living a double life and the beginning of an open society. Photo: May Tse

It forced Gigi Chao, 33, out of the closet and into the middle of a global media frenzy as the world's most famous lesbian. Now she has emerged as a new leader in the fight for equal rights for Hong Kong's gay and transgender community.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:38pm 6 comments

Iceland's lesbian PM declines invitation to meet China's parents of gay children

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir in 2012. Photo: Xinhua

A group of Chinese parents of gays and lesbians had invited Iceland's prime minister and her wife for a chat over coffee when the couple visit Beijing next week.

11 Apr 2013 - 6:07pm 1 comment

Don't let any more suffer like Leslie, gay icons urge

From left, singer Anthony Wong, Gigi Chao, Sean Eav and Denise Ho attend the Big Love Day concert outside the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Nora Tam

Celebrities and lawmakers celebrated "Big Love Day" at an outdoor concert yesterday, saying that a decade after the suicide of bisexual pop icon Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, they do not want to see any more Hongkongers die because of society's prejudices.

2 Apr 2013 - 4:15am 2 comments

Signs of hope for gays on the mainland

Elsie Liao (left) and Ma Yu Yu show a fake marriage certificate outside the marriage registry office. Photo: EPA

A young lesbian couple in Beijing complained they were treated with disrespect and were snubbed this week when they went to a district marriage registry to try and marry legally. They decided to publicise their misadventure at the registry in a bid to challenge the law - which does not recognise gay marriage - and raise awareness.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

Canadian director falls into the gender trap

Melvil Poupaud plays the transgender title character who finally accepts her transsexuality and dresses like a woman.

After well-received screenings at the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival late last year, French Canadian wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways is set for a commercial release at the end of this month.

27 Jan 2013 - 4:26pm