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Delegates celebrate the success of Hong Kong in winning the bid to host the 2022 Gay Games.

This month Hong Kong won the bid to host the 2022 Gay Games – the first time the Games will be held in Asia.


The campaign to win the Games though was organised by a dedicated team of volunteers rather than the territory’s government and Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam offered only a lukewarm response stating that she “noted” the news. She then cited her Catholic faith and stressed that she does not condone same-sex marriage.


In fact Hong Kong despite decriminalising same-sex sexual acts in 1991 has no comprehensive legislation to protect LGBTI people from discrimination. The government often uses the excuse that the topic is “controversial” and that “majority consensus” has not yet been reached. However a study I undertook that was commissioned by Hong Kong’s equal opportunities commission shows that 56% of those surveyed supported such legislation including a staggering 92% of those aged between 18-24. It seems that the government refuses to acknowledge the obvious changes in social attitudes.


And in mainland China too the government’s stance on homosexuality is not as progressive as that of other institutions. Though homosexuality was never explicitly criminalised gay men were persecuted under the law against hooliganism until it was abolished in 1997. Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness until 2001. In the past few years there have been a number of strategic legal cases on LGBTI rights in China including a gay man suing a private gay conversion therapy clinic two gay men seeking to legally marry in Changsha a student suing the ministry of education and a transgender man who sued a company for wrongful dismissal. In July a court in Henan province ordered a city hospital to pay a fine and to apologise to a 38-year-old man who had undergone forced gay conversion therapy.


Many of these lawsuits ended with results in favour of LGBTI rights and activists and lawyers managed to generate important public debates and draw international media attention. These cases show that as in other countries when the government refuses to protect LGBTI people’s rights the judiciary can be the last resort.



But while the judiciary has shown signs of supporting LGBTI rights the government has not. China has traditionally adopted a “not encouraging not discouraging and not promoting” policy on homosexuality. Worryingly however the government recently took steps to ban social discussions on LGBTI issues. Last year China’s media administrator issued guidelines on banning content on television that “exaggerates the dark side of society” which includes homosexuality. In July the China Netcasting Services Association published new guidelines banning the depiction of “abnormal sexual behaviour” which includes homosexuality in online video content. Such a step denies LGBTI people the chance to be fairly represented in effect sponsoring homophobia in Chinese society.


However the voices demanding LGBTI inclusion in society have been growing. Particularly in Hong Kong – where businesses play a huge role in society – corporations have been active in speaking up for LGBTI equality. In March this year a joint statement calling for legislation to protect LGBTI people from discrimination was supported by 75 organisations including Google and the American Chamber of Commerce.


The 2022 games will be a historic moment for LGBTI rights in Asia. The people of Hong Kong need the Games which will hopefully prove to be a catalyst for their government to reconsider its archaic stance on LGBTI issues. How can the government on the one hand claim Hong Kong to be “Asia’s world city” and on the other tell the 15000 athletes and estimated 40000 visitors to the Games that they are not welcome here?


If the government refuses to take any further steps towards equality it would send a distressing message to the world: that Hong Kong does not celebrate difference and diversity. But I look forward to the Gay Games in the hope and belief that by 2022 Hong Kong and perhaps China too may at last see significant progress on LGBTI rights.


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Evamuse 4d ago
We should be promoting inclusivity and diversity in sports not segregation based upon sexual preference race or faith.


pleasethankyou  Evamuse 4d ago
So you don't approve of Pride parades then?


ID9494400  pleasethankyou 4d ago
A pride parade isn’t sport though is it?


Lipsyl  Evamuse 4d ago
Not to nitpick but 'preference' implies choice where there is none akin to race.
Religion though as always is and always will be a conscious choice and isn't in the same category.


Chipchip  pleasethankyou 4d ago
I'm not overly fond. Seems to be just a chance to show off to me.


Bjerkley  Chipchip 4d ago
“I'm not overly fond. Seems to be just a chance to show off to me.”
That's part of the point. To resist those who would otherwise see them all back in the closet or worse.


Chipchip  Bjerkley 4d ago
And who would want them back in the closet? no one cares anymore. So you're out and proud? wonderful what's for tea?


Bjerkley  Chipchip 4d ago
“And who would want them back in the closet? no one cares anymore. So you're out and proud? wonderful what's for tea?”
Sadly people do care (one would be tempted to say that includes those who come onto comment threads about LGBT people to sneer and mock them). There remains discrimination and violence based on being LGB and/or T and in the context of an article about a global sporting event the caring extends to killing them in some places.



SquarePegInRoundHole  pleasethankyou 4d ago 
“So you don't approve of Pride parades then?”
Pride parades made sense in London way back around 1970. Some of my friends marched I supported them in this but didn't march. But in 2017?


Jfrick  SquarePegInRoundHole 4d ago
You haven't been around people outside your 'bubble' recently have you? For many coming out and living their life is still as hard as ever among certain groups of faith/ethnic background it is as hard or even harder than for many in 1970. Pride parades make sense in 2017 unfortunately...


pleasethankyou  ID9494400 4d ago
What has the theme of the event got to do with it?


pleasethankyou  SquarePegInRoundHole 4d ago
Well they are still needed actually but even if they weren't 'needed' why not have a day of the year devoted to celebrating LGBT rights? We have come a long way. And many people have died for the cause.


Yep. Pride marches and celebrations are needed.


Luxemburg21  Evamuse 4d ago
While having distinction between sexual preference and faith are ludicruous having race based adjustment is pretty fair given that every other element having 100% impact on sports performance - from height (basketball) to myoglobin content on muscles (athletics) are race related.


Featured1Teacher  Luxemburg21 3d ago
What does it even mean to say that height has '100% impact on sports performance'? How can both height AND myoglobin content BOTH have '100% impact'. Meaningless garbage.


And just tell me how this 'fair' set of adjustments would work exactly given how there is no scientific taxonomy of races available to base it on?


Luxemburg21  Featured1Teacher 3d ago
Both the factors are have 100% dependency on race aka have correlation of 1.0.
Trying too hard to find gotcha ?



pleasethankyou  Chipchip 2d ago
“I'm not overly fond. Seems to be just a chance to show off to me.”
So you are against all parades then or is it just the gay ones?


Guillaume_Cale 4d ago
Why are sporting events now being segregated on the basis of sexuality?


EternallyUnimpressed  Guillaume_Cale 4d ago
It looks as though you might have started to notice the regressive tendencies of some progressives.


Cyrus the Great  Guillaume_Cale 4d ago
To be fair LGBT can’t go to the World Cup in Qatar that year.


changeisinevitable 4d ago
So it's a political demonstration masquerading as a sports event.


Bjerkley  changeisinevitable 4d ago
It’s both with a small p for political. And your obxtion is?


everywhereventually  changeisinevitable 4d ago
Absolutely. ‘The Games that change the World’ have been a key part of transforming bigoted attitudes as people accept the invitation to get on the right side of history.


Kangaesugi  changeisinevitable 4d ago
When our entire existence is constantly politicised by everyone else why not capitalise on it?


Leviathan212 4d ago
Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam offered only a lukewarm response stating that she “noted” the news. She then cited her Catholic faith and stressed that she does not condone same-sex marriage.


It's only a spot of volleyball love. Nobody is getting married. FFS.



Coelho Henrique 4d ago
Honest question: Wasn't lgbtq?
Hard to keep upxed on this subject...


(译者注:LGBTQ指lesbian(女同性恋) gay(男同性恋) bisexual(双性恋)transgender(跨性别) queer(非异性恋或不认同出生性别的人):LGBTI中以"intersex" 代替“queer”)

wskelton  Coelho Henrique 4d ago
I stands for Intersex. To be honest the acronym is not always helpful and is often used because some people are not comfortable with using 'queer' as an inclusive alternative.


Mark222 4d ago
Very strange event I really don't understand people who want to make their whole personality about their sexuality (Or gender).


But I hope it's a success and they have a good time nonetheless.


animaux  Mark222 4d ago
Probably started off when being openly gay in most sports meant career suicide.


doslemon 4d ago
Why do they have to be these kind of games? And feminists games philatelists games?


Lipsyl  doslemon 4d ago
Feminism and stamp collecting are choices. Being LGBT isn't.


Personfromtheworld  doslemon 4d ago
If philatelists had been oppressed worldwide for hundreds of years and roughly one in ten people were philatelists many of whom didn't want to come out for fear of stigma ostracism or violence perhaps it would be worthwhile to host a positive sporting event to show philatelists in a good light.


To show that there's absolutely nothing wrong with philately and that anti-philately causes harm and unnecessary pain. To show that a world in which philatelists could be free to collect stamps in public would be a happier better freer world. And that non-philatelists can experiment with collecting stamps without feeling ashamed. And that if your child were a philatelist that doesn't make them any different from you.


If all that then I for one would fully support the Philatelists' Games.



LePoer 4d ago
This is sexist is it not? If you are gay, you can take part in the actual Olympics. If you are straight, you cannot take part in the Gay olympics. What on earth would the headlines be if there was a "Straight white Olympics"?


Chipchip 4d ago
So will we be seeing the fastest lesbian of all time in the record book?
Record breaking transgendered high jumper? 
Arguments about would who would win a tennis match between a male & female transgendered player?


Tatolino 4d ago
well maybe now we'll have people pretending to be gay just so they can take part in the competition hehe


but honestly jokes asise... what is the point for all of this? I'd like to think that there's space for everyone in sport without the need for special editions based on sexuality.


unless this was meant for transgender people I guess this could be a way to allow transgender people to race among themselves? no idea...


wariquari  Tatolino 4d ago
"I'd like to think that there's space for everyone in sport without the need for special editions based on sexuality."


How many openly gay players coaches managers etc in the Premier League? Statistically how many should there be? Perhaps when gay sportspeople can play openly there will be no need for this events.


Oh and non-homosexuals can take part too - no exclusivity.


phizycat  wariquari 4d ago
Perhaps because some gay people are private about their sexuality or don't see it even as an issue? I don't go around with the need to tell people I'm straight.


Bjerkley  phizycat 4d ago 
You’ve just told us.


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