Nigel Collett, Fridae's Hong Kong correspondent, comments on the government's ruling on the marriage of Ms W, a male to female transgender person and the recently published Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2014. This article originally appeared in China Daily on March 10 2014.
For some, being gay is full of excitement, parties and unapologetic love. but one often forgets that depending on your location or your social background, your sexuality, true essence of your identity, could get you bullied, fired or even killed. .
How hard should you lobby for equality and how quickly should you expect attitudes to change? Two of Hong Kong's most important advocates of equality for LGBT people, York Chow Yat-ngok and Professor Fanny Cheung Miu-ching, have differing approaches. Fridae's Hong Kong correspondent Nigel Collett reports.
Ah Qiang, director of PFLAG China, discusses the obstacles in registering a gay organisation as a NGO and how that plays into the wider issues facing LGBT people in China. For more, read his blog http://www.weibo.com/aqiang
Ah Qiang is head of PFLAG China in Guangzhou and a keen LGBT activist. Here, he discusses some of the issues facing LGBT people coming out in China. For more of Ah Qiang's writing visit his blog here: http://blog.sina.com.cn/aqiang
Not only does the body include two members who are firmly opposed to anti-discrimination legisation for LGBTs, much of its second meeting was dominated by Christian groups who told the panel that same-sex relationships are a sin and that they would be deprived of their right to discriminate should any anti-discrimination legislation be enacted. Nigel Collett reports.
The Hong Kong government is said to have conducted its own surveys in 2012, which found that a majority of respondents support having a law against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, though the results of the survey remain a secret. Fridae's Hong Kong correspondent Nigel Collett outlines what's stopping the government from implementing anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTs.
As gay pride parades in Asia and around the world become increasingly mainstream and attract corporate sponsorship, community members often disagree on what sort of image the events should present to the public. Aditya Bondyopadhyay, a gay rights activist and member of the Delhi Pride Committee, says recent events in the US have affirmed his group's decision to not take on corporate sponsors.
Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, Singapore's only openly gay (former) political candidate, today announced his decision to quit the Singapore Democratic Party as his coming out two months earlier had caused debate. In an exclusive column for Fridae, he reveals his "one concern in mind that cannot wait for history to take its course", and his plans to get more involved in LGBT and other human rights issues.