GAY groups are outraged over a governmental snub excluding them from nominating candidates for the first anti-discrimination taskforce. Women's groups say they were invited by the Home Affairs Branch to propose candidates for the Equal Opportunities Commission, but gay groups were not. Contacts magazine editor Barrie Brandon said the lack of consultation was discriminatory. 'Gays are being marginalised by not being consulted - I think it's consistent with their method of consultation. It shows they have no real commitment to equal opportunities.' Horizons group treasurer Daniel Kong Kin-pong said his organisation had not been invited to nominate a candidate. 'They have been in contact with us over other issues, so I don't know why they didn't get in touch this time,' Mr Kong said. Hong Kong Women Workers' Association co-ordinator Linda To Kit-lai said nine women's groups had submitted names before yesterday's deadline. They were not invited to suggest names for the chairman of the commission, but agreed their top choice would be former legislator Anna Wu Hung-yuk. 'We haven't come to any formal decision, but we would prefer Anna Wu. We need someone familiar with women's work who has been building a network with women's groups,' she said. Ms To put forward four names to the Home Affairs Branch for candidates to sit on the 16-strong committee within the commission. The four are all grassroots activists - Linda Wong Sau-yuen of the Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres, Mok Min-ying of the Hong Kong Women Workers' Association, Irene Ng Wai-ching from the Chan Hing Community Service Centre and Leung Lai-ching of the Association for the Advancement of Feminism. A Home Affairs spokesman attached little significance to overlooking gay activists when inviting submissions. 'We are still considering who is going to chair the commission. The appointment has got to be made by the Governor,' she said. A decision is expected in late November or December.