Out Leadership today congratulated Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission on the launch of landmark findings from its Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity (SOGI) and Intersex Status, which was commissioned to the Gender Research Centre of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
“On the occasion of the release of this important new research, Out Leadership salutes the Equal Opportunities Commission for leading the fight for LGBTI equality in Hong Kong,” said Todd Sears, Founder and Principal of Out Leadership. “We are glad to see that a strong majority of Hong Kong’s citizens now agree with the many leaders of Hong Kong’s business community who have long supported LGBT inclusion in the workplace, and who have helped drive this important conversation. For Hong Kong to remain competitive in the international economy and in the global battle for talent, the time for change has come.”
The study reveals that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is a common occurrence in Hong Kong. Importantly, the study also found that public opinion has visibly shifted in favor of legislation against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status. 55.7% of the telephone survey respondents agreed with legislation – nearly double the comparable figure from a decade ago. Notably, 91.8% of youth considered anti-discrimination legislation necessary, while nearly half (48.9%) of those with religious views also concurred.
“We are indeed at the precipice of change,” wrote EOC Chairperson York Chow. “Given the evolution of public attitudes, we must accelerate the momentum, so Hong Kong can promote equality for LGBTI members of its community and strategically map its own path forward.”