By Erik Crouch
The Pink Dollar app, launched in October, features lists of gay-friendly businesses throughout Hong Kong. The application is designed to help Hong Kong gays avoid discrimination while shopping, going out, and traveling: it currently feature many restaurants, clubs, and shops, but has been struggling to persuade larger companies to jump onboard. In the South China Morning Post, app creator Paul Ramscar says, “I would love to see a Hong Kong bank or airline on the app, but maybe they are afraid of alienating their heterosexual customer base.”
Hong Kong has been making big headlines in LGBT-affairs recently, with a Pride parade, openly gay lawmaker, and the 2012 “Mr. Gay Hong Kong” competition. Nonetheless, there are still no LGBT anti-discrimination workplace laws on the books in Hong Kong, and same-sex unions are not recognized. Pink Dollar hopes to allow Hong Kong’s LGBT population to enjoy their city without worrying about discrimination, but first it must gain some larger sponsorship: something Ramscar is determined to accomplish soon.
SCMP follows the Pink Dollar saga here: