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April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

March 17, 2014

The Anglican Church in Hong Kong has spoken out against a Christian school’s policy of refusing to hire gay staff – saying that a person’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to do their job

A Christian school in Hong Kong’s policy of excluding gay staff has drawn criticism from the territory’s Anglican Church but the government’s Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation is only voluntary so the school can legally discriminate.

The International Christian School in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, has a policy of refusing to hire anyone who is a relationship that is not a heterosexual marriage because it says teachers should be ‘good Christian role models for our students.’

March 17, 2014

The Anglican Church in Hong Kong has spoken out against a Christian school’s policy of refusing to hire gay staff – saying that a person’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to do their job

A Christian school in Hong Kong’s policy of excluding gay staff has drawn criticism from the territory’s Anglican Church but the government’s Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation is only voluntary so the school can legally discriminate.

The International Christian School in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, has a policy of refusing to hire anyone who is a relationship that is not a heterosexual marriage because it says teachers should be ‘good Christian role models for our students.’

March 2, 2014

Two couples in Hong Kong have teamed up to launch a new group to lobby the government to recognize civil partnerships and same-sex marriages performed overseas; and ultimately same-sex marriage

French expatriate Betty Grisoni and her Singaporean wife Abby Lee, together with Hongkonger and Canadian passport holder Guy Ho and his husband Henry Lam, will officially launch their group Double Happiness today.

Grisoni, 43, and Lee, 41, who had a commitment ceremony in Sydney in 2002, will also be celebrating their 12th anniversary today.

March 2, 2014

Two couples in Hong Kong have teamed up to launch a new group to lobby the government to recognize civil partnerships and same-sex marriages performed overseas; and ultimately same-sex marriage

French expatriate Betty Grisoni and her Singaporean wife Abby Lee, together with Hongkonger and Canadian passport holder Guy Ho and his husband Henry Lam, will officially launch their group Double Happiness today.

Grisoni, 43, and Lee, 41, who had a commitment ceremony in Sydney in 2002, will also be celebrating their 12th anniversary today.

March 2, 2014

If passed, a new bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change their legal gender

Should transgender people unwilling to undergo full gender reassignment surgery have the same rights as 'post-operative' transsexuals?

That is the question before the public and lawmakers in Hong Kong after the Security Bureau on Friday published a proposed bill to amend the city's marriage ordinance.

Hong Kong law currently allows a transgender person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery to change their gender status in legal documents such as the identity card and passport, but not the birth certificate.

February 13, 2014

Eight gay and straight uni students go to universities for photo shoots to support same-sex love

'In every corner on campus, there are always coupless and newlyweds taking daily life photos and wedding pictures.

But gays are always absent at these heart-warming moments.

This not because there are no gay people in our lives, but thanks to fear, they are oftentimes too afraid to come out.'

February 13, 2014

Eight gay and straight uni students go to universities for photo shoots to support same-sex love

'In every corner on campus, there are always coupless and newlyweds taking daily life photos and wedding pictures.

But gays are always absent at these heart-warming moments.

This not because there are no gay people in our lives, but thanks to fear, they are oftentimes too afraid to come out.'

February 9, 2014

LGBT activists including legislator Leung Kwok-hung held a protest in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong

A group of about 30 LGBT and civil rights activists marched through busy city streets in Causeway Bay and ending at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong on Friday to protest Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.

February 9, 2014

LGBT activists including legislator Leung Kwok-hung held a protest in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong

A group of about 30 LGBT and civil rights activists marched through busy city streets in Causeway Bay and ending at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong on Friday to protest Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.

January 24, 2014

Headmaster asks teachers to promise not to have gay sex or show gender non-conforming behavior, even in private

In order to make Christian examples out of its staff both on and off campus, an international school in Hong Kong has asked them to endorse ethical codes that allegedly give it the right to fire or even sue violators.

The International Christian School’s draconian policy against gays and trans peoples is uncovered today (24 Jan) after local newspaper Ming Pao received complaints about the private institute from readers.

January 12, 2014

While the latest decision might sound absurd, it is significant in that it would prevent the police from misusing their power, says the activist’s lawyer

The Court of Appeal on Jan 8 upheld a gay activist's right to dance during a gay rally in 2011.

The activist, who is only identified in court only as "T", won the appeal in July last year after losing a judicial challenge to the police's decision to bar him and more than 100 participants from dancing during a 2011 street demonstration for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

January 12, 2014

While the latest decision might sound absurd, it is significant in that it would prevent the police from misusing their power, says the activist’s lawyer

The Court of Appeal on Jan 8 upheld a gay activist's right to dance during a gay rally in 2011.

The activist, who is only identified in court only as "T", won the appeal in July last year after losing a judicial challenge to the police's decision to bar him and more than 100 participants from dancing during a 2011 street demonstration for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

January 8, 2014

Hong Kong’s Security Secretary has extended a court’s order that a transgender woman be able to marry her opposite-sex partner to also include transgender men - but transgender people who have not undergone surgery have been excluded from the government’s plans for reform

Hong Kong Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok has extended a Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal order that allowed a post-operative transgender woman to marry her male partner to also include post-operative transgender men in the clearest signal that the Hong Kong Government intends to amend its marriage laws.

January 8, 2014

Hong Kong’s Security Secretary has extended a court’s order that a transgender woman be able to marry her opposite-sex partner to also include transgender men - but transgender people who have not undergone surgery have been excluded from the government’s plans for reform

Hong Kong Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok has extended a Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal order that allowed a post-operative transgender woman to marry her male partner to also include post-operative transgender men in the clearest signal that the Hong Kong Government intends to amend its marriage laws.

December 3, 2013

The Pansy Project, a British street artist's global campaign to raise awareness of homophobia by planting pansies in cities around the world, comes to Hong Kong

If you happen to be walking through the streets of Hong Kong this week and come by a pretty pansy, it might be marking a place where a homophobic attack took place.

London, New York, Istanbul, Berlin and Pretoria are just some examples of dozens of cities where pink and purple pansies can be found marking scenes of gay hate.

Paul Harfleet, British street artist, started to plant flowers in 2005 at specific locations where homophobic abuses took place in Manchester.

December 3, 2013

The Pansy Project, a British street artist's global campaign to raise awareness of homophobia by planting pansies in cities around the world, comes to Hong Kong

If you happen to be walking through the streets of Hong Kong this week and come by a pretty pansy, it might be marking a place where a homophobic attack took place.

London, New York, Istanbul, Berlin and Pretoria are just some examples of dozens of cities where pink and purple pansies can be found marking scenes of gay hate.

Paul Harfleet, British street artist, started to plant flowers in 2005 at specific locations where homophobic abuses took place in Manchester.

November 12, 2013

Celebrities and politicians joined thousands of parade-goers at the fifth annual LGBTI rights march

When Cyd Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, went up onto the platform to show her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the 2013 Hong Kong Pride Parade reached its climax with thousands of people’s cheers.

'The government’s support means a lot to us,’ said Abby Lee, one of the organizers of the 9 November event held at the Victoria Park.

‘I hope to have more people to push the government to be more active and supportive of LGBT community.’

November 12, 2013

Celebrities and politicians joined thousands of parade-goers at the fifth annual LGBTI rights march

When Cyd Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, went up onto the platform to show her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the 2013 Hong Kong Pride Parade reached its climax with thousands of people’s cheers.

'The government’s support means a lot to us,’ said Abby Lee, one of the organizers of the 9 November event held at the Victoria Park.

‘I hope to have more people to push the government to be more active and supportive of LGBT community.’

November 12, 2013

Gay Star News captured the lesbian-lovers, grandmas and Lady Gaga's Little Monsters who came out to support the Chinese LGBT community

Hong Kong LGBT Pride drew over 5,000 marchers and supporters this year.

Gay Star News photographed locals and visitors from neighboring countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines, all who took to the streets to celebrate the theme of 'We stand for love. We stand for LGBT'.

The streets were flowing in rainbow and red, the signature color of this year's parade to signify love.

November 9, 2013

LGBT community in Hong Kong more visible than ever at fifth Hong Kong Pride

Today's Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before

The head of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunity Commission Dr York Chow addressed the crowd, as did member of the legislative council Cyd Ho.

This year, the fifth Hong Kong Pride, saw more corporate sponsorship with JP Morgan and Citibank joining Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Nomura who gave cash sponsorship last year, Fridae reports.

November 9, 2013

LGBT community in Hong Kong more visible than ever at fifth Hong Kong Pride

Today's Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before

The head of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunity Commission Dr York Chow addressed the crowd, as did member of the legislative council Cyd Ho.

This year, the fifth Hong Kong Pride, saw more corporate sponsorship with JP Morgan and Citibank joining Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Nomura who gave cash sponsorship last year, Fridae reports.

November 3, 2013

Trans woman arriving from Taiwan was subjected to ridicule and an invasive body search for over nine hours

A South American transgender woman has has claimed Hong Kong customs officials behaved 'like animals' during a body search which lasted more than nine hours.

 

The woman, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, arrived at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong to apply for asylum in the city.

 

November 3, 2013

Trans woman arriving from Taiwan was subjected to ridicule and an invasive body search for over nine hours

A South American transgender woman has has claimed Hong Kong customs officials behaved 'like animals' during a body search which lasted more than nine hours.

 

The woman, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, arrived at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong to apply for asylum in the city.