Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reaction to the Policy Address by the Hong Kong CE 16 Jan 2012

Here’s the Pink Alliance’s reaction to the Hong Kong Chief Executives’ policy address of 16 January 2012, which ruled out public consultation on a bill against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Pink Alliance will continue to fight for the bill, in conjunction with Cyd Ho’s Big Love and in cooperation with all LGBT groups in Hong Kong.

 

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED OVER GOVERNMENT STONEWALLING

 

The Pink Alliance is extremely disappointed that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying failed to take the initiative to start consulting the public on enacting a law to protect sexual minorities from discrimination.

 

“It’s been 17 years the Legislative Council last debated an anti-discrimination bill. The need to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation is long overdue.” said Reggie Ho, chair of Pink Alliance. “But now, the government doesn’t even answer to the call for a public consultation on the matter – that is totally unacceptable, and an affront to the dignity of the LGBT citizens.”

 

Hong Kong’s LGBT citizens are only asking for equal rights and equal treatment. The continued denial of equal protection of the law is a grave injustice to the sexual minorities living in this city. These people are no different than other law-abiding citizens; they pay taxes and make significant contributions to the arts, science, technology, business and many other areas.

 

Added Ho: “LGBT people can be your neighbours, friends, relatives or family members. Isn’t it a slap in the face of justice to relegate them as second-class citizens simply because of who they are attracted to?”

 

“Mr. Leung cited an opinion that a public consultation could deal a blow to family, religion and education as the reason to not move forward. I think that notion is misguided. A public consultation is meant to serve as a platform for all sides to air their views and concerns, so that the government can address them.”

 

Experiences from other jurisdictions indicate that an anti-discrimination law will bring salutary effects to the society, as this sends out a clear message that hatred and bigotry have no place in any society that champions progressive values.

 

“In free society people are allowed to have different opinions, but they should also enjoy equal rights; that’s what this is about.”

 

We call upon the government to revisit the issue as soon as possible, and launch a public consultation without further delay. We also want to emphasise that anti-discrimination laws and religious freedom are not mutually exclusive. We can build a truly inclusive society if all parties are willing to put aside their prejudices and come up with solutions that are fair, just and reasonable.

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The Pink Alliance

 

It has been pointed out to me that the level of knowledge about the Pink Alliance is very low, so here is some information.
The big push for a bill against discrimination will start soon and probably go on for at least 18 months, and the Pink Alliance will be part of this, so before we ask your help (which we shall) I thought I should explain a bit about us.
For a good view of our activity, see the website: www.tcjm.org and the Facebook pages, Pink Alliance, Pink Season, IDAHOT and Out in the Open.
Pink Alliance is the working name (brand name) of the Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting (TCJM), which is a HK-registered NGO.  It is an alliance of LGBT groups in HK.  These include Les Peches, Fruits in Suits, Mr. Gay HK, Transgender Resource Center, Elements, Queer Straight Alliance, Tongzhi Literary Group, the Chi Heng Foundation and Satsanga. It has appointed liaison with Interbank LGBT Forum, AIDS Concern, HK AIDS Foundation, Community Business, Amnesty International’s LGBT Section and Spiritual Seekers.
It has a Central Committee of over 20 people representing all member groups and also working groups of volunteers (about 70), covering events and issues, such as video making, fund raising, politics, translation, PR, communications, letter writing, education, and campaigning against fundamentalist arguments and ‘reparative therapy’.
Everyone in the Pink Alliance is a volunteer, and facilities are provided by our supporters, so it is cheap to run; it costs about HK$8,000 per year for administration, raised by donations. Campaigns and events are raised separately.
The Pink Alliance does the following:
a. Runs the Pink Season, Out in the Open and IDAHOT commemoration.
b. Campaigns in public with press releases, letters, TV and radio appearances, works with HK politicians and makes videos.
c. Lobbies Government departments.
d. Devises educational material for teacher training and the secondary school syllabus.
e. Takes up individual cases.
f. Raises funds for LGBT causes and individuals.
g. Acts as a channel for, and store of, LGBT-related information.
h. Assists NGO Community Business in its Business Diversity campaign.
Key figures in the Pink Alliance are:
Chairman and IDAHOT Coordinator – Reggie Ho.
Vice Chairman and Video Coordinator – John Nguyet Erni.
Treasurer – Barry Lee.
Fundraiser and Volunteer Coordinator – Darrick Sampson.
Outreach Officers – Billy Leung (HK) and Hill Lee (China).
Campaign Officer – Dickson Lau.
Diversity Officer – Stephen Golden.
Interbank LGBT Forum Liaison – Peter Sargant.
Pink Season Coordinator 2012 – Tay Her Lim.
Out in the Open Coordinator – Eric Herrera.
IT Consultant 2012 – Anshuman Das.
Legal Consultant – Michael Vidler.
Public Relation Officer 2012 – John Lodo.
Political Group Coordinator – Jerome Yau.
Liaison with Community Business – Brian Yeung.
Chinese Secretary – Matthew Wong.
English Secretary – Nigel Collett
PR Consultants – Kreab Gavin Anderson
Volunteers are always welcome for any of our activities. If you have time and would like to help us, let me know.
We shall soon need all the help we can get in the struggle for a bill!

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