Sex News By Stuart Heaver 166 Views

LGBT students face so much prejudice in Hong Kong they’re afraid to reveal their sexuality

A toxic mix of religious dogma, social ignorance, government inertia and traditional Chinese culture means LGBT students at Hong Kong universities are facing prejudice, stigma and inequality on a daily basis.

That was the view of straight and LGBT students who took part in this month’s Hong Kong Pride Parade, which took as its theme “call for the law, equality for all”, and demanded legislation to protect the rights of LGBT people and outlaw sexual discrimination in the city – a law change widely regarded as being long overdue.

Students say homophobia remains rife in Hong Kong, and university campuses are no exception.

“I am very open but people still make jokes about my sexuality,” says 19-year-old Ricky Yim Chun, who is studying at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Chun is president of Action Q, an LGBT student advocacy group which was formed in 2014 and has about 70 committee members spread across all the city’s universities. As well as organising events and promoting LGBT rights, the group provides a sheltered space for young students, who are often living away from home for the first time, to talk about their own sexuality.