Sexual orientation, gender identity, and equality in Hong Kong

rights, resistance, and possibilities for reform

Amy Barrow*

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Abstract

This article explores the implications of an absence of anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in Hong Kong. Strategic litigation has played an important role in securing legal protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in the face of resistance from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, as well as religious and parental concern groups. Despite a growing body of evidence which outlines the self-reported daily discrimination experienced by LGBT individuals, the HKSAR government has resisted calls to adopt anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of SOGI, focusing instead on self-regulation and education. Grounded in qualitative research interviews examining the feasibility of adopting anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of SOGI in Hong Kong, this article explores the current legal landscape for LGBT rights, resistance, and possibilities for reform.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-155
Number of pages30
JournalAsian Journal of Comparative Law
Volume15
Issue number1
Early online date23 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • equality
  • Hong Kong
  • discrimination
  • strategic litigation

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