The LGBTQ + community is united by a common culture and social movements. The LGBT community all over the world suffers from discrimination and persecution for simply being who they are.
For most Hongkongers, being seen by their employer holding hands with their partner would be no big deal. But for those whose partner is of the same sex, it could lead to the sack – with no legal right to fight back.
While Hong Kong has legislation that bans discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, and family status, employer are permitted to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation. Hong Kong has no legislation against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics at this moment.
This exposes LGBTQ+ people to numerous discriminatory situations and therefore human rights abuses, such as being fired because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, and non-provision of social welfare.
No one doubts discrimination on grounds of sexuality exists, a fact acknowledged by the government and even conservative groups that oppose legislating against discrimination.
Legal Beagle wants to help raise awareness on LGBTQ + legal issues. This highly detailed CPD accredited course LGBT+Rights in Hong Kong provides an overview of LGBT + Rights globally and in Hong Kong.
This course discusses the following topics:
Overview of LGBT + rights
Status of LGBT + rights in Hong Kong
Selected case law
Hong Kong v. Asia v. the rest of the World
The future of LGBT + rights in Hong Kong.