Letters | Gay rights in Hong Kong need more than Ossan’s Love to thrive: make it law
- The government’s ambiguous attitude towards same-sex relationships is undoubtedly an obstacle to progress on equal rights
The series achieved a viewership rating of 6.4 in its first week, peaking at 8.7 points, indicating a relatively wide audience base. Public acceptance of LGBT groups or sexual minority rights, however, does not seem to extend much further.
Influenced by traditional Chinese cultural values, the standpatters believe that a family must without doubt be formed by two people of opposite sexes, with procreation lying at the heart of the debate.
Given that the freedom of marriage rights often shows the openness of a region, how can Hong Kong sustain its reputation as “Asia’s World City” when it cannot further accept and protect the rights of this minority?
Let’s call a spade a spade. Marriage equality does not change one’s sexuality and it does not affect the willingness to give birth to children. It is not uncommon to find “dual income, no kids” or DINK couples, who intend to have children later or not at all in a career-oriented society. It is ridiculous for those asserting traditional values to overlook this reality.
LGBT rights are universal human rights. It is crucial for the authorities to change the perspective of the public towards this sexual minority group by legalisation. It would be rather difficult to do so with just a few episodes of a television series, however popular it may be.
Peter Lau, Kwun Tong