HONG KONG: 10,000 March In Pride With Support From US, Canadian, Irish, Australian Consulates [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports:

Rainbow flags flowed through the streets of Hong Kong Saturday during the city’s annual pride parade, as LGBT activists criticised authorities for lagging behind on equal rights. This year Hong Kong was picked as the first Asian city to host the Gay Games, while a landmark court decision granted a British lesbian the right to live and work in Hong Kong with her partner. But authorities’ reaction to the winning bid for the 2022 Gay Games was lukewarm and the city’s immigration department has announced it will appeal the case.

An estimated 10,000 joined in the parade, a record for Hong Kong Pride.

Prior to the kickoff, consulate representatives from the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and several other nations hailed the movement for LGBT civil rights in Hong Kong.

  • bkmn

    Being out and visible makes a big difference – good for the folks of Hong Kong standing proud.

  • JT
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  • HZ81

    March on my Chinese bros and sister-girls!

  • zhera

    I’m surprised that the US Consulate hasn’t been ordered to stay away from things like this. It would be easy for Pence to push through a ban, methinks.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I would take it as a positive sign that US government departments are now operating independently of the current administration. Under normal circumstances that would be *deeply* disturbing; but hopefully this is the new normal for the next three years.

      • jerry

        I’m surprised that deputy consulate rep isn’t being recalled and fired by Tillerson.

  • Oscarlating Wildely
  • Congrats HK!
    (OT, speaking of Australia…what’s the latest on their marriage equality?)

  • Bambino

    Hong Kong is like Catalonia of Spain. It’s under the watchful eyes of China. It’s very skittish of the island previous British influence. The country discrimination of the LGBTI while may not be religious base, granting them rights have far implication to the civil rights for the rest of the country. The communist authority is not willing to relinquish it’s control over the country citizens yet. Hong Kong will always be struggling with its pseudo independence status fighting with China on every legal issues until the end of time.

    • MaryJOGrady

      I would love to see Hong Kong get its actual independence.

      • Bambino

        Not likely. The island historically was and still is a strategic point of entry for both China and the Western allies.

        • jonfromcalifornia

          Very true. HK is still a financial powerhouse among Asian countries. China will never let it go. Historically, it was a “loss of face” for the Chinese to have lost HK to the British in the first place. Getting it back was a matter of national pride.

  • daddyarch

    I’ll be there in March to spread the gayness.

    • MaryJOGrady

      If you would like a comfortable older hotel with reasonable rates and character, please consider the Shamrock Hotel on Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui. It’s convenient to the metro and there is a great dim sum place next door. If you’re jet-lagged, there’s a great night market a few blocks away.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        I’m there for Chinese NY, staying in the Nathan hotel as usual. I will look out for the dim sum place though – yum

        • MaryJOGrady

          There are so many great dim sum places in Hong Kong!

          • Mihangel apYrs

            I know, but our HK “son” takes my husband and me to places he knows – and like “all” Chinese he likes food – so we sometimes go off the tourist tracks and find interesting places (swank)

            Try out Nan Lian Gardens (http://www.hongkong.net/attractions/nan-lian-garden.html) if you’ve never been there – a good restaurant serves vegetarian meals designed to look and feel like meat – an oasis of tranquility in a noisy city

          • MaryJOGrady

            I hope I may soon do so. I love Hong Kong.

      • daddyarch

        Thank you, Mary, for the information. We’re staying at a MrBNB apartment in Kowloon. Looks nice. I will check out the restaurant next to Shamrock.

    • William

      Pack plenty of fabulous.

  • JWC

    the world is slowly accepting the LGBTQ

    • jonfromcalifornia

      Unless you are an Evangelical or conservative Catholic. They have vowed to fight against gay rights and gay marriage and said that those things are “non-negotiable” for them.

      • JWC

        a conservative catholic has acres of room to talk

  • Mihangel apYrs

    It’s a pity that Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General chose “discretion” rather than valour. Of course, the Consulate-General also refuses to carry out same sex marriages in compliance with the HK Assembly’ wishes – even between UK citizens

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    One must be very careful in these situations, by taking into account the fact that local citizens have to continue to live there after foreign diplomats have departed.

    After all, it’s supposed to be about the local citizens working to change their own society for the better. It’s about them, not foreign representatives.


    Thank you.

  • Mike Knife

    HISTORY of how Christians and doctors made gay a mental illness then and now. Until the nineteenth century, same-sex sexual activity “unnatural acts,” were “crimes against nature,” called “sodomy,” or “buggery.” Sodomy, derived from the biblical tale of Sodom (Genesis 19:1-8). In Europe and America Christians condemn homosexual because of Bible Old Testament law that assigned the death penalty for a man who “lies with a male as with a woman”. It was against the law. In 1857 Doctor Tardieu said that homosexuals have a form of insanity. German physician Karl Westphal in 1869 published an article saying homosexuality should come under psychiatric care rather than legal prosecution.

    Psychiatrist made homosexuality a mental illness. Psychiatrist say they do not treat homosexuality as a mental disorder today but they do. Psychiatrist say they do not treat gays as homosexuals and they make up different names of things that really mean they are treating them as being mentally ill for being gay or LGBTQ. Being gay is still against the law in many places and law enforcement still arrest and convict gay people for being gay. Most people in America are Christians and a large number of them are still anti-gay Christians who are also psychiatrist and psychotherapist who still think LGBTQ people are mentally ill and treat them that way. Psychiatrist give psychotropic drugs to LGBTQ people to make them straight and kill their sex urges. Don’t be fooled LGBTQ people they are trying to trick you and harm you. Don’t trust them, doctors lie and make money off of your suffering. LOVE NEEDS NO CURE

  • Mihangel apYrs

    My HK “son” and his husband said that they would be going on this. If only the UK hadn’t waited until the last moment (but thank you Gov. Patten for what you did) before repealing 19c laws against gay men.

    It is to be hoped that the Mainland will recognise the value of LGBT+ westerners working in the country (i.e. bringing MONEY) and so will move on from Maoist puritanism and confucian familialism

    • JD

      I fear that it will be the Mainland before HK, at least insofar as the public is concerned. Patten brought in the most bizarre legislative structure I have laid eyes upon–and it will itself be a barrier to democratic reform. But I grant you, Patten did reverse the criminal sanction.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        I can only agree! I focussed on Patten decriminalising homosexual acts – a hangover from Empire – rather than the whole package, which was probably led from London and designed to accommodate the Mainland. As far as democracy is concerned, as we move closer to the “end”, the society will be forced into a form more acceptable to Beijng. Whether HK’s reducing importance compared with, say, Shanghai is a good or bad thing politically is a worrying discussion to be had

  • djcoastermark

    One thing, no matter where, the smiles at Pride , are universal.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Taiwan is likely to become the first country in Asia to have equal marriage laws. Hong Kong is becoming a beacon of visibility for our community in that part of the world. I’m convinced Mother China, still practicing “conversion therapy” (electroshocks included), is super happy.