Rainbow flags and blue balloons were on Hong Kong streets on November 25 as advocates and members of the LGBT community joined hands in the ninth annual Pride Parade, attended by 10,000 people.
The highlight of the parade vidoe: https://youtu.be/W47Gk5DF6ak
Crowds marched from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Edinburgh Place in Central. Attendees included more than a dozen top diplomats, several Hong Kong legislators and the chairman of the Equal Opportunities comission Alfred Chan Cheung-ming.
Spokesman for HK Pride, Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, told the press that he was disappointed that Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen did not accept their invitation to attend the event. He said “We hope the new government will stop procrastinating and push for an anti-discrimination ordinance for sexual minorities,” Sham said. “We are upset to see Carrie Lam’s lukewarm response to pleas to protect the rights of sexual minorities.”
We chose blue as the theme colour to represent the sky and ocean, which symbolised freedom and equality.
Currently, Hong Kong does not recognise same-sex marriages and does not have any legislation against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
9,500 people - among them 10 top diplomats from the United States, Britain and France and other countries - took part in Hong Kong's seventh annual Pride Parade, during which former health chief York Chow Yat-ngok - who now heads the Equal Opportunities Commission - criticised "politics getting involved in church beliefs".
"As a Christian, I see … our religion taught us to love people, have compassion for people, to be gracious, and we are taught not to discriminate people," Chow said.
During the rally, the government was urged to take immediate action to enact laws to protect sexual minorities against discrimination.
Tommy Jai, one of the parade organisers, said: "We have waited 20 years for anti-discrimination legislation already, and that's far too long."