“I am who I am” is a video advocacy project against homophobic bullying in schools in Hong Kong. It is convened by a lesbian rights organization, Nui-Tong-Xue-She (女同學社) in Hong Kong. Below are some statistics about homophobic bullying in Hong Kong collected by the organization in its campaign website [zh]:
- A survey conducted by a research consultant appointed by the Home Affair Bureau in 2005 showed that homophobic bullying in schools was very common. About 60% of the interviewees agreed that homosexual students are suffered from discrimination in schools.
- Women Coalition of Hong Kong [zh] conducted another survey last year (in 2010) that reaffirmed previous finding concerning homophobic bullying in schools. The survey shows that about 31% of the discriminatory bullying happened at school campus and sexual orientation discrimination is most common among other forms of discrimination (such as racial). The bullies are usually students and sometimes involved teachers.
- An online survey among young homosexual communities conducted by The Boys & Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong under its “Touch Project” [zh] in 2009 found that 81.7% homosexual youths hid their sexual orientations from friends and teachers in schools and as a result, 57.4% felt lonely, 39.8% felt anxious and 18% were suicidal. Among different forms of homophobic bullying, verbal violence was most common (42.3%), followed by social exclusion and boycotts (39.8%) and 13.5% of the interviewees said that they were suffered from physical attack and sexual harassment.
The video project began back in November 2011. The organization will release seven interviews via sexual minority and LGBT friendly media workers and politicians. Below is the project's promotion video:
So far three interviews have been released. The interviewees are:
- Brian Leung – Host of “We are Family”, an LGBT-friendly radio programme , RTHK
- Funny Wong – Female-to-male trans-man
- Eva Tam – Lesbian (released in January 2012)
- Heihei – Mr. Gay Hong Kong 2010
- Joanne Leung – Male-to-female trans-woman (released in February 2012)
- Cyd Ho – LGBT-friendly Legislative Councilor
- Lam Woon-kwong – Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (released in December 2011)