Sexual Minorities

New group to advise government on discrimination issues

A group has been set up to advise the government on eliminating discrimination against sexual minorities, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau announced yesterday.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:12am

Next, Legco must uphold rights of sexual minorities

Hundreds of gay rights supporters marched against homophobia and discrimination of sexual minorities in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

We need to be grateful for Hong Kong's independent judiciary. The Court of Final Appeal showed recently that it is prepared to act on minority rights where the government and even the Legislative Council have refused to do so. The decision to allow a transgendered person to marry her partner of choice was based on rights guaranteed in the Basic Law and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

28 May 2013 - 1:21am

Policeman's suspicious death brought change in attitudes, but discrimination against gays persists

John MacLennan

Before Inspector John MacLennan was found with five gunshots to the chest in 1980, he knew he was about to be interviewed by the Special Investigations Unit - a specialist police unit charged with investigating homosexuals.

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

Letters to the Editor, May 26, 2013

Donald Tsang tried to phone Benigno Aquino. Photo: Xinhua

Has our society lost all its marbles or collective brainpower to spend taxpayers' money on something so trivial? I suppose most readers would be troubled by the front-page news ("Taxi driver cleared in 50-cent court case", May 17).

26 May 2013 - 4:35am 4 comments

A step toward protecting the rights of sexual minorities

Michael Vidler, solicitor of the appellant, holds the judgment in his hand outside Court of Final Appeal. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong has made a small but welcome step in protecting the rights of sexual minorities. In a landmark ruling yesterday, the city's top court ruled in favour of a man-to-woman transexual who was banned from marrying her boyfriend by the government. While the case is not about same-sex marriage, it does raise a valid question.

14 May 2013 - 2:57am

It's time for Hong Kong to talk about fairness to sexual minorities

New Zealand's Marriage Amendment Bill sponsor and Labour MP Louisa Wall (right) and her partner Prue Katea. Photo: AP

New Zealand gained a reputation as a social laboratory by giving women the right to vote 120 years ago, and by introducing cradle-to-grave social welfare in the 1930s and 40s. The latter has been undermined by free-market economics and remains anathema to many societies including Hong Kong. The country's latest reform is not quite so pioneering but, as with the other two in their time, millions around the world have mixed feelings about it.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Gigi Chao: I hope my parents accept my other half

Gigi Chao. Photo: May Tse

Gigi Chao, the lesbian daughter of property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, said she would never stop trying to get her parents to accept her partner. "I think it will be a great pity if I cannot make them accept my other half before I die," Chao told a Chinese University forum organised by the university's chapter of global youth network AIESEC last night.

12 Apr 2013 - 8:40am 2 comments

Dr York Chow pledges to protect gay rights

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, new chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Dickson Lee

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, the new chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, has promised to make legislation to protect gay rights a top priority during his three-year term.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Gay rights campaigners give up on forum flop

Michael Vidler. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Gay rights activists are boycotting a government initiative that they say has done nothing to help their cause since it was launched more than eight years ago and is merely being used as a delaying tactic.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Leung's lack of focus on sexual minorities 'disappointing'

Lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The Equal Opportunities Commission has called it "unfortunate" that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the government would not carry out a consultation on whether to create laws to better protect sexual minorities.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

What's being said on

Movie star Jackie Chan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

On film star Jackie Chan saying the US is the most corrupt nation in the world:

Patrick Siu - Corrupt no, violent yes. He can't even choose a correct adjective.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am

Christians in prayer rally to fight gay law proposal

Protesters at the government headquarters, where organisers said 50,000 gathered. Police put the figure at 5,000. Photo: Edward Wong

Thousands of Christians staged a rally outside government headquarters yesterday to show their opposition to proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:26am 39 comments