In this coming weekend (13 of December), a coalition of civic groups will organize a pride parade to celebrate diverse love expression. Although Hong Kong is a global city, to organize this parade is not easy at all, the government, public service sector and conservative Christian do not even try to hide their discrimination; at the same time, many progressive social service organizations do not consider sexual minorities as part of the social minority deprived from basic rights and equal opportunities and thus further marginalize the LGBT movement.
Rainbow not Gold Bauhinia
Earlier this week on December 7, a number of gay activists wrapped the Gold Bauhinia, a symbol of Hong Kong SAR, with a rainbow flag to deliver the theme of this year pride parade to the public. Below is a video showing their action and the theme song:
Cybercoffee, a citizen reporter from inmediahk.net and an organizer for the event tells the readers the meaning of the action:
Choifung organized a series of feature report at inmediahk.net on the pride parade discussing the significance of LGBT movement in Hong Kong. In one of the articles, Yuk Tong (約瞳）points out that LGBT has been very marginalized in the society, as well as in the local social movement circle. In the past few years, gay and lesbian groups have been trying to fight for their rights in equal opportunity, in particular to social welfare protection, such as the rights for gay couple to apply for public housing and to be protected from family violence. However, their demand has been neglected or repressed by other civic organizations and Christian related welfare groups. The writer criticizes that:
Discriminatory government and public sector
Even the Hong Kong government is discriminatory towards the LGBT, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong government have openly rejected the organizing committee to use a park in Wanchai as the destination of the parade. And it is even more outraging that the Department suggested the organizers to use a pet park located at the margin of the Wanchai area. Choi fung posts the detail of such discriminatory government act:
Apart from the government, the Citi bus company also withdrew from renting of open top bus for the parade. The renting arrangement was made in December 5, but out of commercial consideration, in December 10, the bus company informed the organizer that the company would not rent out the bus. Choifung posts the details:
Support and Come out
In respond to such social marginalization, HKFS Social Movement Resource Center circulates a declaration to build a strong alliance for the LGBT movement and invites everyone to join in:
2. We shouldn't withstand any form of discrimination and should fight act it;
3. Gender is not just male and female, sexual orientation is not just homosexual and heterosexual, no matter it is public policy or communication, we have to consider the existence of other gender and sexual orientation.
4. the LGBT should be proud, and we feel proud of them. We should be part of the LGBT movement.
Ken, a member of Hong Kong Rainbow, urges his gay brother to come out for making changes:
In any case, if we sit here and wait for the society to change, to become enlightened, wait for our family and friends to get ready to accept us, this day will never come.
The reason why the society will change and our family and friends will understand and accept LGBT is because of our coming out, so that they can see this group of minorities!
Midnight Blue, a male sex worker organization, also wants to come out in the society with pride:
為客人提供性服務時我們要盡心地做， 「驕傲愛上街」我們也要驕傲地去參與。無論你是賣的、買的，午夜藍作為黎明前的夜色，那種對光明、自由嚮往的夜色，呼籲大家一起邁向驕傲，在12 月13 日一同「驕傲愛上街」，賣出美麗新世界，嫖得快活性福園！
Say no to sex hierarchy
Ziteng, a woman sex worker organization points out that LGBT helps woman's liberation:
因為同志和性工作者的現身故事正企圖顛覆異性戀霸權中心所建構的社會秩序，只有當我們願意朝向彼此包容和尊重性多元的性權運動，我們才可以讓性少眾之間的差異能夠平等的現身，並將異性戀霸權所建構的二元區分的性論述 —男／女之分、同性戀／異性戀之分、好女人/壞女人之分 —逐漸模糊化。
Action for Reach, a supporting organization for woman sex workers, points out that sex hierarchy causes violence to sex worker and other sexual minorities:
The organizing NGO coalition includes Women Coalition of HKSAR, Rainbow Hong Kong, Midnight Blue and HKFS Social Movement Resource Center, together with more than 30 human rights, AIDS concern and sexual minority groups. Event details can be found in the official Pride Parade Website.