Tuesday, January 26, 2016

EOC's Study of Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation in Hong Kong

The 240-page Equal Opportunities Commission's Report on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status was published today.  It is the first comprehensive study of its kind.  The Study concludes "that there is clear, majority public support for legislation against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and particularly intersex status. It is now for the Hong Kong Government to decide how to take this receptiveness forward in order to create a friendly environment for LGBTI people. By taking steps to introduce comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status, there is an opportunity for Hong Kong to become the leading jurisdiction on LGBTI equality in Asia."  We are pleased to see that the Study cites and relies upon the Centre for Comparative and Public Law's 2014 study, led by Kelley Loper, that finds public support for gay and lesbian couples' rights in Hong Kong.

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