A court in Hong Kong has fined a film student for stripping naked in public during a Pride event.
Wong Wing-fung, 22, stripped naked during last year’s Pride parade. He then tied a red rope around his genitals which was attached to a pedestrian railing.
He also pretended to burn a Bible during the parade on the busy Hennessy Road in Wan Chai. Police arrested him for public indecency, and this week the Eastern Court fined Wong HK$900 (US$115).
Wong argued his stunt was an artistic performance and that the nudity was not indecent. The red rope symbolised how society put constraints on him and forced him to live in the closet.
But the Magistrate Pang Leung-ting disagreed.
‘It is unquestionable that a right-minded person would be of the opinion the act of the defendant was indecent,’ he said, as reported by the SCMP.
Wong used the footage of his protest in a 30-minute documentary as part of his final university assignment.
Hong Kong has limited rights for LGBTI people. But high-level courts have recently made some historic rulings in favor of the LGBTI community.
In June, the Court of Final Appeal ruled in favor of a gay senior civil servant who sued for spousal benefits for his husband.
Last year, after a landmark court ruling in July last year, Hong Kong finally started recognizing overseas same-sex unions when granting spousal visas.
Currently Hong Kong is facing massive anti-government street protests. Its first openly gay lawmaker, Ray Chan, is leading calls for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down after advocating for controversial extradition laws.