New Hope from an Old Closet The financial powerhouse of Hong Kong is home to a newly emergent, newly confident gay community who have become even more politically and socially active since Britain handed over control to China in 1997. Presented here is a ‘longitudinal’ story, from 1997 to present reviewing the scene in this most progressive of Chinese cities. Also see: Gay Hong Kong News & Reports 1997 to present Gay Hong Kong Photo Gallery Hidden Desire (May 1997) Silhouetted against the glittering night cityscape, a young Asian man with thick black hair waits restlessly on the waterfront pier for the Star Ferry. When it arrives, and with scarcely a look at anyone else, he jostles among hundreds of other passengers to board the famous green-and-white boat. He seems deliberately to keep his head bowed as if to protect his face from being seen. Occasionally however, he can’t helpSee the Full Version Here
Hong Kong, Asia
Hong Kong, part of China since 1997, is renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting. It is one of the world's leading financial capitals and a major business and cultural hub. Its identity as a cosmopolitan center where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions, and although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a significant segment of society. Indeed, many people still think of Hong Kong as a separate entity from China. There are several gay-rights organizations (and numerous social venues) in Hong Kong, such as Rainbow Action and Tongzhi Culture Society. The age of consent is now 16 for all. Although Hong Kong has held several small demonstrations against homophobia, a Gay Pride parade in November 2008 was the first event solely dedicated to celebrating queer identity. It represented progress for China’s gay community, marking the first large-scale event of its kind in any major Chinese city.
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Hong Kong, Asia
Name: Hong Kong
Capital: Hong Kong - Pop. 6782000
Area: 1075 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Language: Chinese, English
Religion: Various; religious freedom
Status of Homosexuality: Decriminalized in 1980
Telephone Country Code: 852
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