Sexual Orientation

Nothing to fear from outlawing sexual orientation discrimination

Raymond Tam Chi- yuen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. Photo: Felix Wong

Once again, the government and lawmakers have joined hands to block a law against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. This is hardly a surprise given our society remains conservative.

Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 3:48am

Hong Kong's LGBT community seeks ban on discrimination

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

For most Hongkongers, being seen by their boss holding hands with their partner would be no big deal. But for those whose partner is of the same sex, it could lead to the sack - with no legal right to fight back.

17 Nov 2012 - 8:16am 1 comment

Lesbians from mainland China revel in Hong Kong's freedom

Gay lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen (centre) and singer Denise Ho (to his left), who came out at the rally, join other artists on the march from Victoria Park to Central to demand equal rights for people of all sexual persuasions. Photo: Nora Tam

When Fanta, 25, from Shenzhen, attended her first Les Péchés party in a Lan Kwai Fong nightclub last year, she was not even sure she was a lesbian.

17 Nov 2012 - 8:16am 3 comments

Time for open debate on homosexuality in HK

Hypocrisy has a new name: Cecil Chao Sze-tsung. This flamboyant shipping tycoon is offering HK$500million to a man prepared to marry his daughter Gigi.

29 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

Hotline is where it ends

In 2003, a Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Unit (GISOU) was set up under the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau 'to enhance the equal opportunities for people of different sexual orientations and transgendered persons'.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Gay cure' doctor faces complaint on conduct

A Hong Kong psychiatrist who claims to be able to 'cure' gay people is the subject of a groundbreaking disciplinary complaint to the Medical Council.

Dr Hong Kwai-wah has been reported to the council over comments he made to an RTHK programme which, the complainant said, breached the professional code of conduct issued by the council.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Wedded to misery

Cui Yuhe spent more than 40 years trying to be a good wife by improving her cooking skills and cultivating her feminine elegance.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Family felt the pain after son came out of the closet

As a gay man from a small and conservative town in northern China, 36-year-old Lucas Meng considers himself one of the lucky ones - he was able to come out to his immediate family at a relatively early age, and they offered their blessings on his homosexual relationship.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Taboos - the things we don't talk about

The origin and definition of taboo

A taboo is something which is banned for religious or cultural reasons. The word comes from the Tongan word tabu and was introduced to English by the explorer James Cook who discovered the group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bullied gays remain silent

According to an online poll, many bisexual and homosexual students do not turn to teachers or parents for help when bullied.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bullied gay teens won't ask for help

Eight out of 10 gay people realise their sexual orientation between the ages of 11 and 15, a survey has revealed.

The Boys' and Girls' Club Association, which is conducting a study on the emotional and psychological condition of young gay people with Chinese University academics, warned yesterday that gay people were vulnerable to bullying at school.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

How a Beijing retiree became a go-between for gays trying to come out to their parents

Lu Rong was in her late 50s when she first met a gay man. She was surfing the internet four years ago when she stumbled across a curious blog entry: 'I'm in a real dilemma over my mother's phone call.'

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

'Gay cure' doctor provokes U.S. rally

An official invitation by the Hong Kong government to a psychiatrist who says he can teach gay people to give up homosexuality has inspired a protest on the other side of the world.

New York gay and lesbian rights activists will today take to the streets outside the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Manhattan.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

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24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hiring of 'gay cure' doctor stirs anger

The Social Welfare Department has angered a gay rights group by inviting a psychiatrist who believes homosexuals can be turned into heterosexuals to give a talk to social workers.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am