An inter-university LGBT rights program in Hong Kong called Usupportlove launched a photo shoot inviting university students around Hong Kong to pair up and pose in support of marriage equality.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Siu Lung, a CUHK junior, describes how it is like hitting on a lake with love, and the ripples will hopefully spread. She believes gay rights need powerful fighters as much as the general public who provide the power.
Freshman Big of PolyU says people in love deserve a chance to build their family and she will take a risk for love and be herself fearlessly.
And as everyone celebrates with thier loved ones on Valentine’s Day, students and volunteers from Usupportlove will set up booths in the bustling streets of Causeway Bay – again to promote the very message of marriage eqaulity.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Bryan, a straight ally from the HKUST, says one doesn’t have to be gay or bisexual to take these photos. Freshman Angus admits he has wavered between whether to show his face, but in the end he is convinced that fighting for human rights is nothing to be ashamed of.
The University of Hong Kong
Martina (Baptist University, junior)
‘Calling on relatives during Chinese New Year was so joyful, for everyone could get red packets.
Visiting relatives during CNY as grown-ups now is still fun, but there are some who can only receive red packets.
Giving out red packets is more than just giving a blessing. For some people, this is indeed an unreachable dream.’
Can (University of Hong Kong, sophomore)
‘Right or wrong, beautiful or ugly, right or wrong. In the face of binary restrictions, is there nowhere to flee?
I genuinely hope that one is not overvalued while the other is not underappreciated.’
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Jason (Baptist University, sophomore)
‘I did something huge today… Indeed, I had a photo shoot with my boyfriend and then uploaded it to the Internet to show off. It should really be nothing extraordinary, right? Isn’t it common sense to hold your lover’s hand in public?
Everyone should have the right to to love, regardless of borders, genders or wealth. You can neither reject love, nor prevent others from loving who he/she loves…’
Toby (Polytechnic University, freshman)
‘Love is about devotion, tolerance and respect… I often share relationship tidbits with my friends, and I’ve discovered that gay and straight couples have pretty much the same experiences.
You meet each other, start dating, fall madly in love, exchange angry words, break up and get back together…The only difference is gay couples have to date secretly, learn to hide their love affairs, and repond to friends and relatives’ “care” diplomatically.’
‘Don’t let any fear today become regret in the future. Dread nothing, for love is sinless in itself!’
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