Why homophobic slurs have no place in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 7:02am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 7:02am

I refer to the letter from Casey Chan, “Hong Kong’s LGBT community needs to be celebrated, not pushed aside” (July 27). I agree that we should take this issue more seriously.

Homosexual people among us tend to be criticised by the majority, the so-called normal people who use different slurs for those of a different sexual orientation. Such hurtful behaviour deters people from being true their own selves regarding sexuality. The government wants to promote Hong Kong as an inclusive city, but we, the citizens, seem to have failed to achieve it.

Our sexual orientation is not something that we can control, just as we have no control over who we will fall in love with. Being straight or gay is not something that one can be praised or blamed for. People have the wrong idea if they think homosexuality is a sin, that it is a problem that must be corrected. I don’t think we have the right to comment on whom others should love, it is their right to love whom they choose. Why should they be criticised for it? It is not fair that we label ourselves as “normal” and stigmatise others.

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Respect for others cannot be dependent on their sexual orientation. We cannot force others to conform to our narrow ideas of right and wrong. Every single person in this world is different from the other – we like different food, different cartoon characters, different colours – this is the way we are, and we accept the differences.

If anything, our differences make us more interesting and bring us closer. If we can accept that people are of different races or follow different religions, why can’t we accept the LGBT community?

Kathy Cheung, Tai Wai