German scholar Magnus Hirschfeld with his partner, Li Shiu-tong.
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Acceptance of same-sex relationship in 1930s Hong Kong shows how attitudes in the city have worsened

  • Li Kam-tong, a wealthy Hong Kong businessman, approved of his son’s partner, the German scholar Magnus Hirschfeld
  • This tolerant approach rebukes contemporary bigots’ view that Chinese are unable to accept LGBT relationships

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German scholar Magnus Hirschfeld with his partner, Li Shiu-tong.
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