HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR: Ethnic Minority LGBT+ in HK

“Who is a homosexual?”, whether to come out, whether to disclose their LGBT+ identities to others, has always troubled LGBT+. But for ethnic minorities, the mere fact of having dissimilar skin colour and appearance is enough to be discriminated against. According to the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD)’s Population By-census in 2016, there are 580 thousand ethnic minorities living in Hong Kong, which is 8% of Hong Kong’s population. And over half (54.9%) are foreign domestic helpers.

When we mention ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, public areas occupied by domestic helpers on holidays, scrumptious curry shops at Chungking Mansions, dazzling white Mosque at Tsim Sha Tsui, the Kowloon City that is dubbed as “Little Thailand”, often comes to our minds. But has the picture of LGBT+ ethnic minorities waving the rainbow flag proudly in Hong Kong ever crossed your mind?

To LGBT+ ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, this city may be advanced and progressive on the surface, but in truth, Hong Kong’s protection towards LGBT+ is scarce as compared to their respective hometowns: there is anti-discrimination law on sexual orientation in 7 states in the Philippines. Thailand is currently undergoing the procedures of homosexual marriage legislation, Nepal recognises third gender(s), but Hong Kong’s anti-discrimination law on sexual orientation has been campaigned for over 20 years, yet with no success. On the stage of the Pride Parade (rally) last year, the Chairman of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Ricky Chu Man-kin, said that discussion with the public on the legislation of the anti-discrimination law on sexual orientation should be initiated. However, there has not been any recent updates on this. One must wonder, whether these legislatures would protect LGBT+ ethnic minorities, especially foreign domestic helpers, from discrimination as well?

The highlight of this year’s Pride Parade is Ethnic Minority LGBT+ in Hong Kong. We are very honoured to have invited Migrants Pride to be our partner. Migrants Pride have been promoting LGBT+ migrants rights and welfare through singing and dancing at Central since 2015. When faced with the double boundaries of the interlacing identities of LGBT+ and ethnic minorities, the rainbow flag that is raised by them at Pride Parade every year is especially eye-catching. Marginalised identities such as LGBT+, ethnic minorities, migrants, etc, are the forces that unite and connect us.