Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei in 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The rest of China has yet to follow suit, and prejudice against same-sex couples persists in some quarters. Photo: AFP Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei in 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The rest of China has yet to follow suit, and prejudice against same-sex couples persists in some quarters. Photo: AFP
Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei in 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The rest of China has yet to follow suit, and prejudice against same-sex couples persists in some quarters. Photo: AFP
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

When same-sex relationships were not recognised and interracial ones were frowned upon, the euphemisms for such couples ran from civilised to contemptuous

  • Earlier generations did not have neutral words for people in same-sex and interracial relationships, using instead terms ranging from civilised to contemptuous
  • These days ‘partner’ is widely used and terms such as ‘his husband’ or ‘her wife’ are in common usage in enlightened places. Not among some in Hong Kong, alas

Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei in 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The rest of China has yet to follow suit, and prejudice against same-sex couples persists in some quarters. Photo: AFP Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei in 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The rest of China has yet to follow suit, and prejudice against same-sex couples persists in some quarters. Photo: AFP
Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei in 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The rest of China has yet to follow suit, and prejudice against same-sex couples persists in some quarters. Photo: AFP
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