Hong Kong marriage rights activists take to the street for 1 July march

Advocates for same-sex marriage in Hong Kong have marched in the annual 1 July march commemorating the 1997 handover from Britain to China

Hong Kong marriage rights activists take to the street for 1 July march
02 July 2013

LGBT activists have taken to the streets and called for marriage equality while marching in Hong Kong’s annual 1 July march.

The annual march marks the date of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China and is a rallying point for pro-democracy supporters and law reform campaigners.

A big contingent from Hong Kong equal love campaign Big Love took part in this year’s march which over 100,000 people took part in.

Marching with Big Love were openly gay Cantonese pop singer Denise Ho Wan-Si and alternative music star Anthony Wong Yiu-Ming.

Wong Yiu-Ming told the South China Morning Post that the reform was needed in the self-governed special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China.

‘A law against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is just not enough,’ Wong Yui-Ming told the newspaper.

‘Gay marriage should be allowed, as it is a world trend.’

Wong Yui-Ming has been prominent in the LGBT rights movement in Hong Kong since coming out before fans during a concert in April.

Big Love was launched as an alliance between activists and supportive lawmakers in January.

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