¨Hong Kong’s 2nd Pink Season wrapped up earlier this month after more than two
months of activities. It’s been an amazing time here and the feeling of change
in the air is almost palpable. It’s been a long time coming. When the Hong Kong
Lesbian &; Gay Film Festival (HKGLFF) started up in 1989, homosexuality was
still a criminal offence here. (It was repealed in 1991). The LGBT community
that the film festival played a big part in kickstarting took another two
decades before it felt confident enough, last year, to create the Pink Season.
At times, it has felt like nothing would ever change.
It doesn’t feel like that anymore. The HKGLFF and the Pink Season are both
symptoms and causes of the changes in attitude to LGBT issues we are starting to
see all around us. I write ‘symptoms’ because the two institutions have only
arisen as our community has grown strong enough and free enough to mount them;
and ‘causes’ because each provides a foundation from which to build a cultural
bridge to the wider community. The film festival and the Pink Season are both
better educators of the public than any school programme or government
propaganda ever could be. They have helped drive the cultural change from which
political change here is coming. They have helped us become, openly, part of
Hong Kong. We are not quite yet seen as ‘normal’ here, but it now feels like we
are getting there.
It might seem odd to write this only weeks after Hong Kong’s Legislative
Council voted not even to debate whether the Government should consult the
public’s attitude to LGBT issues. Odder when the Secretary of the Constitutional
and Mainland Affairs Bureau, Raymond Tam, commented after the vote that now was
not the time to consider change as there was no public consensus for it. As
often in LGBT history, the gerrymandered voting and the very enunciation of the
conservative position caused a reaction to our benefit...¨ read it all, HERE
¨We tend to think that things are better today than they were long ago. After all, we have mobile phones, HDTV, Satellite communication and...
REAL HERO/REAL LIFE: Bishop John Shelby Spong
“I was simply interpreting a rising consciousness,” he said. “Whether it was race or women or homosexual people, the issue was always the same: fighting against anything that dehumanizes a child of God on the basis of an external characteristic.” Bishop John Shelby Spong (click on his photo)
IT GETS BETTER--Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports LGBT full acceptance and inclusion too!
¨Churches say that the expression of love in a heterosexual monogamous relationship includes the physical, the touching, embracing, kissing, the genital act - the totality of our love makes each of us grow to become increasingly godlike and compassionate. If this is so for the heterosexual, what earthly reason have we to say that it is not the case with the homosexual?¨ Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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A VERY UN-ANGLICAN COVENANT (click on logo)
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