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A rainbow-striped umbrella is seen at the November 2017 edition of Hong Kong’s annual pride parade. Hong Kong will be the first Asian city to host the Gay Games. Photo: AFP

LettersHong Kong Gay Games: government’s rights defence team missing in action

  • Instead of taking the lead and sending a clear signal that discriminatory views have no place in Hong Kong, high-level government officials have been feeble in their response
The recent kerfuffle over the Gay Games 2022 is a sad spectacle of bigotry.
Article 25 of the Basic Law stipulates all Hong Kong residents “shall be equal before the law”. This is precisely what LGBT+ equality is all about – LGBT+ persons are only asking for equal treatment. It is downright disingenuous for anyone to suggest otherwise.
As such, it is extremely regrettable that we have lawmakers uttering discriminatory and derogatory comments recently in the Legislative Council and subsequently on radio shows and social media.

Coincidentally, their spurious arguments smack of conspiracy theories that have become endemic globally in recent years. As lawmakers, their fearmongering says a lot about how shallow their views are.

The reaction of our government is most disappointing. Instead of taking the lead and sending a clear signal that discriminatory views have no place in Hong Kong, the responses from our high-level officials have been feeble. Such a namby-pamby attitude damages the image and reputation of Hong Kong as an open society.

Amid the sad spectacle, kudos to those who came forward and stood up for diversity and inclusion. Their support will not go in vain.
New People’s Party chair and veteran pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee (in red) has spoken up for LGBT rights in the Hong Kong Legislative Council, even reprimanding fellow legislators for their comments related to the 2022 Gay Games. Photo: Nora Tam

The Gay Games is about bringing people together, irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity. We have an opportunity to shine – let’s embrace this international sporting event and live up to our reputation as a forward-looking city. Let’s join forces and say no to hatred.

Jerome Yau, chief executive, Pink Alliance

LGBT Hongkongers let down by fellow citizens

I was much amused by your correspondent Mark Peaker’s wry description of Junius Ho’s apparent firm belief in the Gay Games to be “a massive orgy” (“ Hong Kong Gay Games ‘dirty money’ slur uncalled for”, June 11).

As an 18-year-old gay man, I was hardly surprised by those remarks coming out from the mouths of our legislators. As a member of the even rarer species of young “blue ribbons”, nor has my disappointment for the pro-establishment camp been changed by the vile comments of Mr Ho.

Regardless of one’s political conviction, it is a brute fact that the LGBTQ+ community in Hong Kong is being constantly let down by their fellow citizens.

Hong Kong supports Gay Games but Legco does not reflect that

Mr Ho’s self-contradictory statements illustrate this very reality. We have been denied our ability to feel welcome in our own home, to love someone without having to prove that our relationship is genuine, and to live with dignity.

The Hong Kong Gay Games organisers are surely right when they say “What Hong Kong needs more than ever is unity”. I was, therefore, much comforted by the temporary armistice between Regina Ip and Raymond Chan. Long may this be the case for Hong Kong.

Thomas Kwok, Sha Tin