Thousands march for LGBT+ rights in Hong Kong’s 8th annual Pride Parade

An estimated 6,800 people marched in protest of the slow progress being made on LGBT+ rights in Hong Kong during the city’s annual Pride Parade.

Joining the marchers, Equal Opportunity Commission’s Chairman Alfred Chan Cheung-ming called for new laws to protect against LGBT+ discrimination, calling current progress slow, but encouraging.

LGBT+ rights remain a contentious issue in Hong Kong, as a small but vocal contingent of Christian groups continues to block legislation supported by a majority of the general population – including a majority of self-described religious people.