Hong Kong Pride 2023 - LGBT+ pop-up exhibition
Date: November 18 – 19, 2023 (Sat & Sun)
Venue: The Wave – 8/F, 4 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong
Time: 12nn to 7pm
Activity: Exhibition, Mini Fair, Workshop
Theme: A Journey with Rainbow GPS
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LGBT+ Pop-up Exhibition: A Journey with Rainbow GPS
It may sound like a cliché to say that “the journey of LGBT+ lives is akin to an uphill battle.” However, considering the current situation in Hong Kong, is this journey becoming any easier? Or has it grown even more challenging?
Setting foot on an unknown path first requires defining one’s own position, and then seeking the desired destination.
Defining one’s position means understanding “where we stand.” This involves reflecting on our past footsteps and locating where our companions are. Recent incidents quickly become history, yet even so, we must retrieve those fragments on the map of memory. This is because we need to know how to make our voices heard, whether in the past, present, or future.
For instance, coming out might not be the choice of every LGBT+ individual. However, some people’s coming out adds a splash of color to Hong Kong’s landscape, progressively reshaping the canvas. Coming out is a subject we will ultimately face, as when we choose not to conceal, coming out becomes inevitable.
Every one of us forms a piece of this grand canvas. Surveying the foggy map, we might feel, “I can’t continue,” “There’s no room.”
A navigation tool during times like these has wide applicability. We must look at people from different angles, different environments, and may likely learn something feasible. Although everyone is inherently distinct, the impulse to “find a way” is common in our genes. Careful observation can always yield insights from others, an opportunity to “borrow their strategies.” The map doesn’t dictate fate; the navigation we choose, whether leading us forward or facing obstacles, is our own path to tread. In the face of “challenging roads,” there might be a need to backtrack a few steps and take a turn, yet having faith in our own journey can illuminate a glimmer of hope.
Using one day a year for reflection, self-evaluation, and examining the map is intriguing, isn’t it? Our starting points on the journey for LGBT+ equality are diverse and not necessarily synchronized. Nonetheless, there’s hope that we can all continue striving at our own pace towards equality on this journey.
Key Visual Illustrator
Pearl Law is an illustrator, comic artist, and a zine publisher. She graduated from University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. Much of her work takes inspiration from humour, literature, history, and behavioural observations. She loves to play around with visual wit and exploring the best narrative possible through problem-solving.
Hong Kong Pride Parade 2023 - Rainbow Ambassador: Ahjeng (Wong Ching Yi)
Ahjeng, also known as Wong Ching Yi, is a DJ on CR903, a member of the band FOOL YA!, the host of the variety show “Be ON Game,” the founder of a coffee shop, and a devoted servant to two cats. She has captured the hearts of her audience with her “crazy girl” persona.
In numerous interviews, Ahjeng has underscored the importance of “Being Yourself.” For the LGBTQ+ community, the capacity to be genuine and embrace one’s sexual orientation is unquestionably a positive step forward. Despite the social challenges that often impede sexual minorities from openly expressing themselves, we can remain true to our feelings and respect our own decisions.
Throughout Ahjeng’s journey in pursuit of her dreams, she has faced skepticism from those around her and grappled with moments of self-doubt. Fortunately, her unwavering determination has been buoyed by the love and support of her family and friends. She has gradually progressed toward her ideals by prioritizing self-respect and steadfast commitment to her aspirations.
Even in times of societal despondency, Ahjeng never forgets to uplift the spirits of Hong Kongers on the radio and showcases her humorous side in the media. This has provided comfort to audiences and offered moments of relaxation and respite.
Everyone experiences periods of confusion and uncertainty, often unsure of the right path. However, with the passage of time and a gradual exploration of our options, we uncover the path that aligns best with our true selves. Along this journey, there may be criticism from others, but who can pass judgment on our lives? Perhaps, just like Ahjeng, you too can radiate in your own field, departing from the conventional notion of the well-trodden path.
Let’s take a cue from Ahjeng’s playbook: When faced with moments of despair, take a moment to slow down, reflect on your emotions, and get ready to embrace the arrival of the rainbow.