Carrie Lam’s Facebook Live and LGBT rights: a display of public concern and official apathy

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2018, 12:18am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2018, 12:18am

I refer to your report on the LGBT community being “snubbed” by the Chief Executive during her Facebook Live session (“Carrie Lam’s Facebook Live event fails to impress LGBT groups after questions ‘snubbed’”, August 18).

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor made use of the social media platform on August 17 to address a wide range of social issues, from housing to immigration problems, and education to Hong Kong independence, as part of the consultation exercise ahead of her policy address next month. Sadly, it seemed that LGBT issues failed to gain her attention, despite 473 messages with the keywords “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” being posted by gay rights concern groups.

In recent years, LGBT rights have become one of the most visible social issues worldwide and have sparked heated debate. Hong Kong is no different. As a result of activists becoming more vocal in seeking their civil rights and high-profile court cases launched by plaintiffs in same-sex relationships, Hongkongers are now paying more attention to LGBT-related topics, such as same-sex marriage, gay rights and gender identity. Being aware of Hong Kong’s lack of support towards the gay community, many have already expressed their grievances and urged the government to uphold gay rights.

Why Carrie Lam’s Facebook Live event remained a token gesture

During Lam’s live question-and-answer session, many viewers asked her about legislation to safeguard the basic rights of the LGBTQ community. This clearly shows that citizens are concerned about the LGBT community in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, our government seems to be still pushing such topics aside, preferring to turn a deaf ear to these calls.

It is somewhat hard to believe that we still lack anti-discrimination laws concerning sexual orientation and same-sex relationships. While other countries are striving for gay rights, our city seems to be stagnating.

Law Tsz Yi, Sha Tin