Members of the French team march onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018. Photo: AFP Members of the French team march onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018. Photo: AFP
Members of the French team march onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018. Photo: AFP
Yiu-tung Suen
Opinion

Opinion

Yiu-tung Suen

As Hong Kong debates the Gay Games, why are they needed at all?

  • Discussion in Hong Kong over the city hosting the international sporting event has focused on the money it will generate and its potential to promote inclusion and diversity
  • However, the Gay Games are mainly needed because homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are often found in sports, and LGBTQ+ people often feel unsafe or are excluded in sports settings

Members of the French team march onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018. Photo: AFP Members of the French team march onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018. Photo: AFP
Members of the French team march onto the field during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 4, 2018. Photo: AFP
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Yiu-tung Suen

Yiu-tung Suen

Yiu-tung Suen (DPhil Oxford) is assistant professor of the Gender Studies Programme and founding director of the Sexualities Research Programme at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has consulted and written reports for the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization, and advises the Asian Development Bank for their research.