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20 May 2007

third international day against homophobia in hong kong

Hong Kong's gay and lesbian community turned out in full force to mark the third annual International Day Against Homophobia.

A first peek at today's impressive turnout - over 300 participants from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, and many other countries in a show of solidarity and pride.

The sheer diversity of the community was inspiring and exhilirating. Spirits were high, and kudos go out to the organising committee as well as an extremely professional and efficient police presence in ensuring the safety and security of all participants.

A full report on the day's activities will follow tomorrow - stay tuned.

Unfurling an enormous 20m rainbow flag, participants marched from Causeway Bay to the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Central. Despite a light drizzle, the turn out was larger than it had ever been in previous years.

The peaceful march was without incident, attracting thousands of onlookers along the parade route.
Legco members Emily Lau and Leung 'Long Hair' Kwok Hung; Dr Chan Sze Chi
In an impressive show of political will and leadership, Legco members Emily Lau and Leung 'Long Hair' Kwok Hung marched alongside the gay and lesbian community. Senior Intructor Dr Chan Sze Chi from the Hong Kong Baptist University also gave a moving speech about religious tolerance and acceptance of the glbt community.

Intolerance and homophobia may not be eradicated in a day, but with the combined efforts of everyone in the community, discrimination and bigotry can be overcome.

(Clockwise from top left) Brian Leung (RTHK Radio 2 'We Are Family' Presenter) & Tomcatt Chung; Roddy Shaw and Bill (CR4SD); Bryan Chan (Dim Sum Magazine); Denise Tang (ex-Chair HK Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival); Billy Leung (activist) & Medeline Mok (Amnesty International); Connie Chan & Wei Siu-lik (Women's Coalition of HKSAR)

Each year's IDAHO march has grown both in scale and ambition. Involving a coalition of most of Hong Kong's gay and lesbian activist and community groups, it takes month of preparations and the commitment of both individuals, organisations, and even the authorities.

Featured here are some of Hong Kong's more prominent movers and shakers. It is them, and the entire community, that has made Hong Kong one of the most progressive places for gays and lesbians to live.

Fridae is proud to be the Official Gay Media of Idaho HK 2007.


1. 2007-05-21 00:29  
It's really a Great March!! &, a Great Day in Hong Kong!!! Thanks for this!!! Let's look forward to IDAHO 2008!!!!
2. 2007-05-21 01:31  
How civilised! :)

Well done to everyone who participated in IDAHO and made it such a success. You guys should be proud of yourselves!
4. 2007-05-21 07:54  
this is impressive





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