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September 11, 2014

The Court of Final Appeal has ended a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests

Hong Kong's highest court yesterday dismissed a police appeal against a ruling in favor of LGBTI activists who danced at an anti-homophobia rally in 2011, putting an end to a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests.

Three out of five judges ruled in favor of the activists, who staged a dance performance at an International Day Against Homophobia rally in May 2011. 

August 30, 2014

Vincent Piket, head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao, says opponents of LGBTI rights should not invoke any cultural, traditional or religious values to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons

LGBTI rights experts and some 200 participants from the academia and legal profession, private and public sectors, religious groups and NGOs attended the first international symposium on LGBTI rights to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Friday.

August 30, 2014

Vincent Piket, head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao, says opponents of LGBTI rights should not invoke any cultural, traditional or religious values to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons

LGBTI rights experts and some 200 participants from the academia and legal profession, private and public sectors, religious groups and NGOs attended the first international symposium on LGBTI rights to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Friday.

July 27, 2014

Should a public library warn parents that A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, a book which advocates gay conversion therapy in children, promotes homophobia and discrimination and is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science?

The book A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, which is co-authored by controversial American psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, who practises gay conversion therapy, is currently available for loan in Hong Kong’s Central Library's adult lending section.

Gay rights activist Betty Grisoni, co-founder of lesbian organisation Les Peches and co-director of the LGBT cultural festival Pink Season, says the library should put a warning on the book as it encourages parents to 'prevent' homosexuality in their children which is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science.

June 15, 2014

Pink Dot Hong Kong celebrated LGBTI equality in a family-themed event which turned a whole park pink

Today saw an entire park turned pink as thousands celebrated LGBTI equality in Hong Kong (15 June).

Pink Dot Hong Kong attracted over 11,000 people to Tamar Park at 2pm for their We are Family: The Freedom to Love event.

The day was family-themed with picnics, a concert and special guest appearances. Attendees wore pink t-shirts and gathered together to form an impressive ‘pink dot’ to symbolize solidarity and inclusiveness.

June 12, 2014

Diplomatic staff at the British Consulate for Hong Kong are reviewing a decision to not allow same-sex couples to marry there after it was revealed that the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong is already marrying same-sex couples

British consular officials are reviewing a decision to comply with a Hong Kong Government request that they not perform same-sex marriages for couples where at least one partner is a British citizen.

The Hong Kong government asked the Consulate not to begin performing same-sex marriages over the weekend but its protocol department has since clarified that it is up to Consular officials whether they heed that request.

British law says that embassies should not marry same-sex couples at their consulates if the host country objects.

June 12, 2014

Diplomatic staff at the British Consulate for Hong Kong are reviewing a decision to not allow same-sex couples to marry there after it was revealed that the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong is already marrying same-sex couples

British consular officials are reviewing a decision to comply with a Hong Kong Government request that they not perform same-sex marriages for couples where at least one partner is a British citizen.

The Hong Kong government asked the Consulate not to begin performing same-sex marriages over the weekend but its protocol department has since clarified that it is up to Consular officials whether they heed that request.

British law says that embassies should not marry same-sex couples at their consulates if the host country objects.

June 9, 2014

Gay rights activists attacks UK government, saying they are 'ready to defy Vladimir Putin but not the bureaucrats who run Hong Kong'

The Hong Kong government has refused to allow gay couples to marry at the British consulate.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced last week it would allow overseas missions to perform same-sex marriages for Britons and their partners in countries where it is illegal under local laws.

This means it allows Brits to marry in countries with homophobic laws, such as in Russia.

June 9, 2014

Gay rights activists attacks UK government, saying they are 'ready to defy Vladimir Putin but not the bureaucrats who run Hong Kong'

The Hong Kong government has refused to allow gay couples to marry at the British consulate.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced last week it would allow overseas missions to perform same-sex marriages for Britons and their partners in countries where it is illegal under local laws.

This means it allows Brits to marry in countries with homophobic laws, such as in Russia.

May 24, 2014

A long-standing children's charity has been attacked by a conservative group for offering counseling to young people struggling with their sexuality, and supporting the inaugural Pink Dot Hong Kong rally to be held in June

A conservative group called the Justice Alliance has launched an attack on the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong – a long-standing charity that was established in 1936 to work with children and youths – for 'siding with sexual minorities' and 'brainwashing' children by offering counselling to young people struggling with their sexuality, according to a South China Morning Post report on Friday.

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.

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.