Hong Kong's gay priders demand protection under China law
Saturday, November 09, 2013 - 00:58
Nov. 9 - Outrageous costumes, bright colors, whistles and grandmothers take over the streets of Hong Kong for the annual gay and LGBT pride march. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Around five thousand people took part in Hong Kong's annual pride parade on November 9, in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
People from around the region joined the colourful parade through Hong Kong's financial centre such as Moon Lang from China's Henan Province, who was trying to raise awareness of what China calls 'straight spouses'.
The Chinese government largely ignores homosexuals, but some social scientists say a lack of sex education in schools contributes to hostile social attitudes towards gays.
Though Hong Kong is mostly tolerant of its LGBT community, many supporters are angry that the government still seems to lag behind the times.
Last year the government refused to bring sexual orientation under the existing anti-discrimination legislation arguing that there was not enough public support.
LGBT activist Billy Leung attended the march with his grandmother who emblazonned her support on a poster: "Grandmas for Gays - Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender too!"
"I think we've seen here, a beautiful day, I've brought my grandmother out, and to show people are indeed supportive of equality," said Leung who in 2005 won a landmark case arguing in court that it was discriminatory for the age of consent to be 21 for homosexuals when it was 16 for heterosexuals.
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