Starting to progress - Hong Kong Pride Parade 2019
By Wylie Yeo - Director
Hong Kong Pride Parade 2018 was held successfully in Nov 17. And we keep the energy going!
We have alreadly started the work of planning Hong Kong Pride 2019. Volunteer training is on the way. Most importanly, we have filed our application of date and venue of the coming parade. This is not easy in Hong Kong to get the approval from the government owned venue, and the Police. For your information, a formal Letter of No Objectioin isssued by the Police is needed for any public assembly and march. The process is not easy and we also need to buy an insurance to fullfil the venues' requirement. We need to pay for 20 Thousand HK dollars solely for the insurance. This is a big amount for us, give that the total budget of the whole parade is only about 200-300 Thousand HK dollars. The insurance expenses is about one-tenth of our budget!
Your donation is so important that makes our pride parade happen!
Again, please accept our greatest gratitude for your support.
We are very pleased that the number of participants in this year's parade has reached a record high of 12,000 people. Thanks again to all the participants, organizations, sponsors, rainbow ambassadors, guests, performersand volunteersfor participation in the parade.
We hope that our voice will be heard by more people, so that the government can face the different genders and sexual orientations and persuade the government to shoulder its to legislate the sexual discrimination ordinance, thus allowing the spirit of equality to manifest in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong currently does not have anti-discrimination legislation covering sexual orientation. A key demand this year has been to enshrine equality into the law through the introduction of legal protections for LGBT+ people.
The parade also focused on introducing more gender-neutral facilities, such as public bathrooms, to create an inclusive environment for non-binary and transgender people.
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.