LGBT Rights

Gay rights groups outraged over network's hidden camera footage of male sex worker

A screenshot of the male sex worker shown in Southern Television Guangdong's hidden camera footage. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Gay rights groups are calling for Southern Television Guangdong to publicly apologise for using hidden camera footage of an undercover reporter meeting with a male sex worker.

Friday, 17 January, 2014, 4:33pm

LGBT activists detained during celebrations of International Day Against Homophobia

A "pride parade" in Changsha on Friday. Photo: A Qiang

Activists in at least two Chinese cities were detained by police as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates across China, with unprecedented enthusiasm, took to the street to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Friday.

24 May 2013 - 9:54pm 8 comments

One-day girlfriend of my best friend's boyfriend

Demonstrators walk under a giant rainbow flag and chant slogans during a gay pride parade in Hong Kong on November 10, 2012. Photo: EPA

One day a few years ago, I received a call from my best friend Ping. He told me he had a long-term boyfriend, Lin, and they needed my help. 

6 Mar 2013 - 10:45am

Chinese parents of gays and lesbians demand equal marriage rights

Mayu Yu and Elsie Liao failed to register their marriage at the registry in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Simon Song/SCMP

More than 100 parents of gays and lesbians in China recently wrote an open letter to delegates of China’s National People’s Congress, which is scheduled to convene in March, demanding marriage equality for their children.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:02pm 2 comments

'Two old men's love': Retired teacher and migrant worker come out after celebrity LGBT campaign

The couple dressed up for their Weibo video

"Coming out" has made a retired Beijing history teacher, who prefers to stay anonymous, and his lover - a water delivery worker - the most controversial topic on China's social media.

22 Jan 2013 - 3:38pm 1 comment

Leave theology out of public policy on homosexuality

Leave theology out of public policy on homosexuality

In Hong Kong's secular, plural society based on rule of law, private religious belief is a core individual freedom. But personal religious belief merits no primacy in the formation of public policy, in particular when it conflicts with the broader principle of legal equality for all citizens.

23 Jan 2013 - 7:19am 4 comments

Hong Kong must change human rights focus

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people are human rights.

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people are human rights.

Unfortunately, most of us do not understand what is meant by human rights.

In Hong Kong, attempts have been made to draw a protective baseline to secure the rights of citizens who may feel marginalised and vulnerable, including those from the LGBT community.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:55am

Gay-bias law could help create a more tolerant society

Participants take part in a Gay Pride parade in Hong Kong on November 10, 2012. Photo: AFP

Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan put forward a proposal calling for public consultation on legislation to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, November 14, 2012

New leaders must do more for China's farmers. Photo: Xinhua

Train staff to work safely with electricity

Last month, the number of people who died or were seriously injured as a result of working with electricity rose.

So far, fatalities are four times what they were for the whole of 2011, with eight people dead and three seriously injured, all in separate incidents.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:15am

Forum seeks an inclusive environment

International investment banks have been working together for more than a decade to create workplaces that are gay-friendly.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am


Correspondent is selective about Bible prohibitions

I wish to question a number of points made by Paul Kokoski in his letter ('Same-sex marriage defies Bible and science, January 31), written in response to a letter by William Yip ('Gay and lesbian couples want equal protection under the law', January 24).

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Registration system for gay couples proposed

In the mainland's first official look at whether same-sex couples could formalise their relationships, a lawmaker has proposed that Guangdong adopt a registration system. He says it would help the government handle gay issues better.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Most say gays are ok, as long as they're not family

Up to 80 per cent of people are accepting of homosexuals as colleagues, neighbours and friends but only 40 per cent will accept them as family members, a government survey has found.

More than half of the 2,040 respondents agreed the government should ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, but 34.5 per cent said the government should not introduce such legislation.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Gay community finds haven for marriage

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE is an issue that has divided Canadians, but has offered a ray of hope to Hong Kong's homosexual community. That has been especially true since last Tuesday when the House of Commons passed the landmark Bill C-38 that will officially legalise same-sex marriage nationwide when the senate approves it, likely within days.

1 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

A matter of basic rights

With the debate over the constitutional review raising questions about the correct interpretation of the Basic Law, I cannot help but wonder if different interpretations may also arise from Article 37, which says: 'The freedom of marriage of Hong Kong residents and their right to raise a family freely shall be protected by law.'

18 Feb 2004 - 12:00am