By Sharon Kwok
Hong Kong singers Anthony Wong and Denise Ho have joined forces with Legislative Council members Cyd Ho and Raymond Chan to establish the “Big Love Alliance”, a non-profit organisation fighting for basic equal rights for the local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
Anthony Wong and Denise Ho are two of the very few Hong Kong stars who have openly declared their homosexuality (Watch Wong’s coming out here). Ho pointed out that although many people claim they do not discriminate sexual minorities, their actions speak otherwise.
The pair see the alliance as their first step in a long fight for LGBT equality in Hong Kong’s still conservative society, which will hopefully lead to the eventual legalisation of gay marriage. They plan to start with organising cultural activities like photography or short film competitions, and in doing so will try to seek help from other artists.
They recently launched the “Support Gays, Oppose Discrimination” campaign (「撑同志 反歧视」), calling for people to take a photo of themselves holding up a phone or a piece of paper with the slogan on it, and upload it to social media sites to bring their actions to the public’s attention.
Surprisingly, a lot of celebrities from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China have shown their support for the campaign. Apart from taking photos with the slogan, some have also posted on Weibo to invite their followers’ participation. Here are some of their messages:
Sodagreen (Taiwanese band): Every kind of love is uniquely beautiful. It is the unfounded discrimination of others that should be discriminated. So, what are you discriminating?
Hebe Tian (Taiwanese singer): Everyone is equal in love. Shouldn’t all of us under the same sky respect each other and be given equal protection? Support homosexuals, oppose discrimination!
Janice Man (Hong Kong model): People should learn to respect each other and not discriminate!
Sandrine Pinna (Taiwanese actress): I’m not a great person, but I have the right to love and be loved.
Chet Lam (Hong Kong singer): There are different voices in society, and I believe in tolerance and big love. As long as you take responsibility of your own relationship, respect will come to you.
Ariel Lin (Taiwanese actress): They are same as you and me, and have the ability to love. We are all the same, we have the right to love and be loved.
Last weekend, thousands of Christians gathered at a prayer and protest rally outside the Tamar government headquarters to prevent the passing of a law that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities.
In his first policy address as Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-Ying has also refused to conduct a public consultation on the matter.
In his policy address, he noted that society was “deeply divided” over the issue and that the government saw this as a “highly controversial issue which must be tackled cautiously”.
“We will continue to listen to different views from various sectors, he added. “At present, we have no plan to conduct consultation.”