The lives of lalas and transgender people in China have changed in some dramatic ways in the past two decades, with communities rapidly expanding with the help of the internet and support from established networks in Hong Kong and Taiwan.Monday, 18 February, 2013, 4:18pm
What is all the hoopla over Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage? The US President is only following much of the world, not leading it. Only recently, he still said his position was 'evolving', making it sound like he was talking about biology. But then he came under pressure to state his position after Vice-President Joe Biden came out to say he was 'comfortable' with it.14 May 2012 - 12:00am
It may take 20 years for Hong Kong to recognise gay marriages - because of religious opposition - says the Equal Opportunities Commission chief.15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Nothing outside Tokyo's 24-Kaikan hotel hints at what goes on behind its grey concrete walls. In a back street near the Shinjuku business and shopping district, the seven-storey building could be an apartment block for retired civil servants. A stream of customers in the salary-man's uniform of dark suit, sensible shoes and winter overcoat files quietly through its innocuous doors.11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am
Beijing police forced organisers to cancel what would have been the mainland's first gay pageant an hour before it was due to begin last night, dashing optimism that authorities are adopting a more open attitude to homosexuality.16 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
A consultation paper on a law banning discrimination against homosexuals will be considered to provide more information on the issue, lawmakers were told yesterday as they pressed for a more detailed white paper to reassure the public.11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines
Presiding over a crucial judicial review last week, Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Michael Hartmann overturned four provisions that outlawed all forms of sex between men aged under 21.
What exactly is the big deal?28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
Manager says its content did not violate the law
A leading website providing information and support to Chinese homosexuals has been blocked on the mainland, the site's organisers claimed yesterday.19 May 2005 - 12:00am
Homosexuals (tongzhi) are no less family-oriented than the rest of society. Many want to get married and have a family, but the law does not allow it. People may feel that most of them are single and promiscuous, but that is not the case. I know many couples who have been together for a long time and have either adopted children or had some of their own.24 Jul 2004 - 12:00am
Homosexuals want change to 'ridiculous' age-of-consent law
Gay rights activists plan to take their complaints on the unequal age of sexual consent for homosexuals to the legislature in an attempt to have the law scrapped.23 Jun 2004 - 12:00am
Court will be asked to declare why men must be 21 for homosexual consent
A young gay man is poised to mount an historic challenge to the constitutionality of the different ages of sexual consent for homosexuals and heterosexuals under Hong Kong law.21 Jun 2004 - 12:00am
His anti-discrimination stance on some issues has surprised homosexuals in the wake of last month's church protest
Gay groups and the head of the Hong Kong Catholic Church met yesterday in the wake of a controversial protest last month by homosexual activists during Sunday Mass in the Caine Road cathedral.9 Sep 2003 - 12:00am
The E-mail Forum
Q Should same-sex marriages be allowed in Hong Kong?
As a Catholic, my answer is 'No'. The teachings of the Bible are that marriage is between a man and a woman: divorce, re-marriage and sex before marriage are unlawful.23 Aug 2003 - 12:00am
A group of gay and lesbian activists yesterday said they had to resort to drastic action because the lack of a law banning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation left them particularly vulnerable in Hong Kong.18 Aug 2003 - 12:00am
Homosexuality is a controversial issue. Yet, on the scale of justice, it weighs no less.
Under the Hong Kong Crimes Ordinance, a non-consensual homosexual act involving those under 21 years of age and committed other than in private, is a criminal offence, which implies that the vice-versa is legal.5 Nov 1998 - 12:00am