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Short Film Highlights Discrimination Against Gays in Hong Kong: VIDEO


A new short film highlights discrimination faced by LGBT employees in Hong Kong, Fridae reports:

The Pantry is based on true stories drawn from offices around Hong Kong. The film, which is the first in a series from AD Media, aims to raise awareness and hopes to inspire LGBT and LGBT-friendly citizens to break their silence and stand up for human rights.

Hong Kong continues to drag behind competition because the government chooses to ignore recent survey results* and bows before religious extremists instead, thereby denying equality rights to the very people whose taxes it relies on and, on the broader picture, ignoring calls from the United Nations Human Rights Commission to clean up its record.


Christians_hongkongThe release of the film comes after a weekend in which more than 5,000 anti-gay Christians rallied in Hong Kong against laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination:

The Evangelical Free Church of China Yan Fook Church, which organised the event, estimated that up to 50,000 people joined the "Inclusive Love Praying Concert" at Tamar Park, Admiralty, to voice their disapproval through singing and praying. They said such a law would restrict their freedom of speech on gay rights. Police put the turnout at 5,000.

"If this becomes the law, those who oppose homosexuality will have their freedom of speech restricted," said the Reverend Jayson Tam, convenor of the "praying concert".

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  1. There must be at least a million gay and gay supportive people in both China and India. They'd better get much better organized, louder, more visible and more courageous too. Change can come anywhere.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 15, 2013 10:09:49 AM

  2. Let's hope so, Uffda. Don't forget, though, that China can still be pretty menacing as far as....not letting the population get TOO uppity.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 15, 2013 10:13:54 AM

  3. The 'script' the Chinese Evangelicals are using, "If I can't oppress you it oppresses me," is so similar to what's used here you have to wonder *which* US Evangelical group has been coaching them. Because you know Western fundies are involved somehow.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 15, 2013 10:28:23 AM

  4. One million gays would be well under 0.1% of the population, so the gay population of China/HK is obviously much, much larger than a million people.

    Not sure if there's some confusion from the article, but to clarify, there are no anti gay laws in China or Hong Kong. HK is considering passing an anti-discrimination law protecting LGBT's, something the US doesn't have. So while it would be great for more progress to be made, it's no more terrible there than many other places around the world for gays.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 15, 2013 10:29:56 AM

  5. Brian : You're right. For such a dictatorship of a government (and it is) it's not overly concerned with homosexuality. I guess they're smart enough to know it doesn't mess up a society.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 15, 2013 10:41:58 AM

  6. FWIW, The asterisk (*) in the article above refers to info at the original link. (That floating * that didn't seem to refer to anything was driving me nuts.)

    "*Community Business – Almost 80% of the surveyed Hong Kong working population think that LGBT individuals face discrimination or negative treatment.

    According to a University of Hong Kong survey that was commissioned by Cyd Ho, nearly 76 per cent of respondents agreed there was discrimination against LGBT people in Hong Kong. More than 60 per cent said there should be legislation in place to protect the rights of homosexuals."

    The film is slightly odd because it seems to be a dramatization of events in Hong Kong, a video that went viral, but without knowing the full original story it's a little confusing.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 15, 2013 10:47:56 AM

  7. Media needs to stop repeating their mantra of "Our Freedom of Speech will be Restricted".

    That really isn't the issue. You can be as bigoted as you like, but society will move forward, with or without you.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 15, 2013 11:22:06 AM

  8. Brian, it's not true that the US doesn't have anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people. Many states, counties, and municipalities have such laws. If you point is that there is no such law at the US federal level, that's a point well taken. However, if we want to compare Hong Kong to the US, it would be better to compare it to a city or a state.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Jan 15, 2013 12:04:59 PM

  9. I feel for Gay Chinese people and Chinese people in general. No matter how advanced and modern the imagery out of China is [and it's impressive], no matter how 'normal' they make the police uniforms look, China including HK, is ruled with an iron fist by the CPC. The CPC currently tolerates certain behaviors and attitudes...the CPC giveth...the CPC taketh away.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 15, 2013 12:10:02 PM

  10. @Brian,

    I live in an American state that has had legal gay marriage [not just civil unions] since 2004. My state has full legal protections for gay citizens.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 15, 2013 12:13:52 PM

  11. Christians protesting the Civil Rights of Gay people or anyone else is a SIN! It violates the Golden Rule and also violates Jesus Christ's teaching that his followers should "render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:21). The shameful displays of militant heterosexism in France and Hong Kong show how poorly the Christian faith has been taught.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jan 15, 2013 1:15:51 PM

  12. The way some employers treat their employees, then folks wonder why some come to work with guns to seek vengance. That employer knew his employee was Gay and was just hateful. I'm sure if it was a wife that employee wanted leave for, there would have been no problem. This is nothing but a form of bullying.

    Posted by: Chuck Tackett | Jan 15, 2013 1:44:53 PM

  13. These "religious extremists" may well not be Christians at all. Most haters don't call themselves "haters," but seek to place a label on themselves that they think gives them credibility in expressing that hate. Christians do not seek to deprive others of civil rights! Haters who call themselves "Christians" make genuine Christians look like a pack of harsh, judgmental freaks. This issue has nothing to do with free speech, God, the Bible, or Christianity. It has to do with pure, naked hatred.

    Posted by: Jerry Maneker | Jan 15, 2013 4:24:34 PM

  14. Is it REALLY the "Yan Fook" church??

    Posted by: LOL | Jan 15, 2013 5:56:22 PM

  15. Thanks for informing me that some states have anti-discrimination laws, but as an American I'm fairly current on that. I was comparing Hong Kong's law to a federal ENDA, which doesn't exist yet, but as one commenter noted it's debatable whether HK should be compared to a city, state or federal government.

    My real point was to try to combat the ignorance about Asia generally and gay rights here in particular on this site. Ratbastard in previous comments has stated that Asian families selling their children into sexual slavery is commonplace, as an example of shockingly uninformed opinion.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 15, 2013 8:01:37 PM

  16. Dear all,
    Thank you for your comments and support. Please share the link to the film with your friends and LGBT-friendly organisations. We have added English subtitles so the film can be watched by LGBT friends in other countries. We hope it can inspire others to break the silence and stand up for our rights.

    Posted by: AD | Jan 17, 2013 11:28:53 AM

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