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March 1st, 2014

肛交例違憲 9年未修法

by Anthony

【明報專訊】保安局昨刊憲建議修訂《婚姻條例》,因應變性人W案件裁決,今後變性人有權以新性別結婚。男同志Billy 9年前成功挑戰男男肛交合法年齡,法庭裁決《刑事罪行條例》寫明21歲以下男男肛交違法屬違憲,要求修訂至跟男女、女女性交16歲合法一致。等候多年,律政司至去年底終提交修訂草案,Billy批評政府一拖再拖,致警方仍偶有「執行死法」令同志混淆,「人生有多少個9年?政府態度令人質疑是否帶頭繼續歧視男同志?」

憂其他法例一樣拖

Billy憶述9年前、即2005年時只得20歲,多等幾個月便有權「合法肛交」,但身為獨子的他這邊廂向家人「出櫃」,那邊廂聯同律師提請司法覆核,指控《刑事罪行條例》寫明男男肛交須年滿21歲,條文屬違反憲法及《人權法》。中學畢業後加入無國界醫生的Billy,慶幸自己浸淫在開放、平等、無歧視的環境,「任何不平等的條例,多用一天都嫌多,如有人反對,只是證明他們害怕失去現時歧視他人的『權利』。」

合法年齡劃一16歲

懷着信心贏了官司,Billy笑言算是為男同志吐一口烏氣,但沒料到卻換來一場苦等,政府未顯示修例決心令人失望,多年來有不少男同志感到混淆。「法例寫的是21歲,法庭判的是16歲,到底哪個才真?」保安局發言人回應本報查詢時解釋,政府本想等2006年成立的「性罪行檢討小組」完成工作才推動修例,小組工作仍在進行,但政府有見社會聲音盼盡快廢除或修訂違憲條例,故去年底正式提交草案。

保安局:因應社會 去年提案

Billy反擊:「用多少時間,視乎(政府)想不想做,為何起高鐵就如此急上馬?男同志卻要苦等?」他續指保安局去年提交的條例草案,仍未有寫明到底是修訂抑或廢除違憲的條例,擔心這樣相對簡單、易執行的裁決,拖延9年方進入立法程序,擔心就性傾向歧視立法議題,以及變性人W個案的後續工作,如跨性別人士最關注的「性別承認」問題,政府可能採「拖字訣」,令不同性傾向人士、性小眾平權更遙遙無期。

明光社:法庭不應介入社會倫理

根據立法會2014年度立法議程,與修訂男男肛交合法年齡有關的草案,定於今年上半年內進行,具體商議日程未定。對此,明光社總幹事蔡志森表示,至今仍然反對法庭當年裁決,他說:「法庭純粹為『政治正確』而作出裁決,事實上肛交與陰道交不應相提並論,兩者的感染風險、對公共衛生影響均有明顯分別。」蔡強調反對「司法代替立法」,法庭不應該介入任何與社會倫理相關的議題。

至於Billy擔憂政府拖延反性傾向歧視立法,蔡志森說,與其必須支持或反對立法,香港應該「走第三條路」,即針對同志團體認為有問題、不平等部分,改善現行法例,「在社會有很多爭議的倫理問題上,應交予整體社會討論,不一定要立法。」

明報記者 周婷

http://news.mingpao.com/20140301/goa1.htm

February 19th, 2014

Living with HIV – and the stigma that goes with it

by Anthony

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1429939/living-hiv-and-stigma-goes-it

by Lo Wei

People infected with HIV feel stigmatised by their illness, local researchers have found.

Chinese University and non-government organisation the Aids Concern Foundation recently interviewed 291 “people living with HIV” – people who are infected with the virus but leading a healthy life.

It found that half of them felt stigmatised, while 17 per cent of those who had told people they had HIV had been insulted or discriminated against by family and friends.

About one-third of the interviewees had not told their spouse or partner they were infected with the virus.

“They tend to internalise it when they are stigmatised by others, such as when they are discriminated against,” said Mandy Cheung Hiu-wah, programme director of Aids Concern. “We find that the more they internalise the stigma, the worse their mental well-being.”

Releasing the research findings yesterday, Cheung said many people were still confused about how the virus was transmitted.

The survey, which was conducted between December 2012 and September last year, found that 9 per cent of those who had told people they had HIV were denied health-care services.

Five per cent said they were fired or forced to quit their jobs because they had the virus.

Cheung reminded health-care professionals and employers that people who have HIV are protected by the Disability Discrimination Ordinance and should not be subjected to discrimination or stigma when receiving health-care services, looking for jobs or in their daily lives.

She added that with proper treatment, people with HIV could lead healthy lives, without infecting others. And Cheung noted that with standard precautionary measures to protect health-care professionals from infection, those with HIV should not be treated differently.

Psychology associate professor Winnie Mak Wing-sze, of the university, said the research was a first step in developing an HIV stigma index, and investigating the experiences of people with HIV in Hong Kong.

Mak added that stigmatising people with HIV would worsen their quality of life.

She said those infected with the virus should seek medical care when needed, and support from peer groups, which could be contacted via non-government organisations.

 

February 12th, 2014

Gay Russian doctor to seek asylum in U.S.

by Anthony

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/02/09/exclusive-gay-russian-doctor-seek-asylum-u-s/

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A gay Russian doctor told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview on Feb. 7 that he plans to seek asylum in the U.S. because of anti-gay persecution he said he faced in his homeland.

“I have suffered persecution and discrimination in Russia due to my political views and sexual orientation,” said George Budny. “I am fearful for my safety, the safety of my family and friends and fearful of the fact that I will never be allowed to become a productive and successful member of society in my home country.”

Budny, who is from St. Petersburg, spoke with the Blade in Dupont Circle hours after the 2014 Olympic Games officially opened in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi – and police in his hometown and Moscow arrested 14 LGBT rights advocates. Budny and his boyfriend also attended an opening ceremony viewing party at the Human Rights Campaign.

He said he began to experience homophobia after his mother began to inquire about why the Supreme Council of the United Russia Party in Moscow replaced her and other local officials ahead of the country’s 2007 parliamentary elections.

Budny, 29, said party bosses told his mother they replaced her with a civil servant who was affiliated with Russia’s Federal Security Bureau – which succeeds the former Soviet Union’s KGB – because of him.

An employee at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg told Budny’s father that she knew his ex-boyfriend with whom he was very close. An official with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told his father he had seen Budny at a gay bar.

Budny told the Blade his father realized his is gay when he found “Queer As Folk” DVDs in his apartment.

“I had to admit, yes I am, please forgive me,” said Budny.

Budny said his mother was “crying for about a year” after she learned about his sexual orientation. She thought he “turned out gay” because she had sinusitis when she was pregnant with him.

Budny told the Blade his father sent him to treatment and to female prostitutes because he said “they will fix you.”

He said his father eventually kicked him out of his family’s apartment early one morning in late 2007 because “the scandals became intolerable.” Parliamentary elections took place around the same time.

Budny told the Blade he had secretly saved $1,000 because he said he expected his parents would force him to leave their home. He said his father took the aforementioned money before he kicked him out.

“I stopped being their son and they regarded me as a cancer in the family, destroying them from within,” said Budny, noting his younger brother was only 8 years old when his father forced him to leave the family’s apartment. “The reason was to save their younger son because he didn’t know what he was dealing with.”

Life with boyfriend in St. Petersburg ‘amazing’

Budny moved in with his then-boyfriend from Malaysia with whom he studied at a St. Petersburg medical school. The couple worked and traveled to Sweden, Norway, Germany and other European countries during their relationship that lasted five years.

“We would earn money and spent it on trips,” said Budny. “It was amazing.”

Budny had a post-doctoral fellowship at an Ohio university for three years. He returned to St. Petersburg in the fall of 2011 as protests against Putin and the United Russia Party he heads took place ahead of parliamentary elections.

“I felt like I was gaining hope in Russia when I saw all these people,” Budny told the Blade, noting it was the first time he had ever seen LGBT rights advocates protesting openly. “I was impressed at how things changed when I was gone. I felt like there was a lot of freedom in the air.

He supported the opposition Yabloko party ahead of the December 2011 parliamentary elections. Budny became a member of a St. Petersburg election commission where he educated the public about voting rights, counted votes and confirmed the final results before submitting them to the authorities.

The party did not gain any seats in the Russian Duma.

Budny subsequently filed four complaints against those he felt falsified St. Petersburg election results.

“Due to the high-profile nature of my position, I was under immense scrutiny,” he told the Blade. “To my distress, I discovered election fraud and publicly exposed it (video footage, etc.) on my blog, on television and in newspapers.”

Election officials removed economist Grigory Yavlinsky, whom Yabloko nominated as its presidential candidate, from the ballot less than two months before Russians went to the polls again in March 2012.

Budny said any optimism that had remained “all ended very quickly” when Putin succeeded now Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during Russia’s presidential election that took place in March 2012.

Being outed at hospital ‘terrifying’

A bill St. Petersburg Legislative Assemblyman Vitaly Milonov introduced that sought to ban gay propaganda in the city became law in September 2012. A Russian law that requires non-governmental organizations that receive funding from outside the country to register as “foreign agents” took effect two months later.

Budny had been a resident at St. Petersburg’s largest hospital when the city’s law that bans gay propaganda to minors took effect in September 2012. He said a university student who worked part-time at a gay bar began working at the facility where people with HIV, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases receive treatment on the same day the statute came into force.

Budny said other residents and their supervisors began making “derogatory and horrible jokes” against his colleague because he was “very feminine by Russian standards.”

“If I come out or if they ever find out I’m gay at my job, this would happen to me,” Budny told the Blade. “It was terrifying.”

Budny said the residents and the physicians who supervised them soon began to harass his colleague to his face. They also mistreated their patients, including an 18-year-old dancer with HIV who contracted meningitis.

“’You should be working; you’re getting all these horrible diseases,’” one of the doctors told the patient, according to Budny. “He was dying from AIDS.”

Budny said the hospital fired his colleague in December 2012 after he took sick time. He told the Blade the residents and physicians’ response was “the faggot got kicked out.”

Budny told the Blade they started “painting me with the same brush” because someone had seen the two men having lunch together and “being friendly.”

“That hate campaign started against me,” said Budny. “I had to make up a girlfriend story. It was just a really bad story.”

Budny told the Blade the St. Petersburg gay propaganda law made it illegal for him and other hospital staff to talk about LGBT topics with any patient who was younger than 18. These include anal sex and other risk factors associated with contracting HIV.

“Do I violate the Hippocratic oath or do I violate the propaganda law,” said Budny. “Either way I should be making compromises on my professional level or on my legal level. I can’t focus on my professional growth under this condition.”

Anti-gay attacks in St. Petersburg

Budny said he has been attacked three times since 2009 because of his sexual orientation.

He told the Blade more than half a dozen men whom he described as “skinheads” tried to choke him with a thick metal chain while he and his then-boyfriend walked through a theater district near St. Petersburg’s largest park.

Budny said the second incident took place after he and his then-boyfriend from Malaysia left Central Station, a gay club in St. Petersburg. Its owners also operate a gay bar in Moscow outside of which two men opened fire last November.

Budny told the Blade the third attack took place “just out of nowhere” last year as he walked home from a St. Petersburg Metro station late at night. Budny, who is Jewish, said two skinheads called him a “faggot” and used anti-Semitic slurs during the attack.

He said his assailants punched him in the face and broke his nose before he ran into a nearby restaurant.

Skinheads are among those who frequently joined Milonov at anti-gay rallies in St. Petersburg. Budny filed a complaint with city prosecutors late last year that urges them to investigate the lawmaker for voter fraud.

Budny told the Blade that his supervisor told him after he completed his residency in January 2013 that hospital administrators didn’t “want to see me anymore.” He noted the 2012 presidential election results showed nearly everyone at the hospital backed Putin, even though Budny said some of his colleagues said they never even voted.

“I found it out too late unfortunately and realized my hospital officials really, really hate me for exposing the election fraud in my own precinct,” he told the Blade. “I realized what can I do if this will be happening in every clinic that I go to. I want to be a physician I don’t want to quit.”

Mother: Stay in U.S. because of propaganda law

He received a student visa and arrived in the U.S. less than three weeks before Putin last June signed a bill that sought to ban gay propaganda to minors into law.

Budny currently lives near Union Station in D.C. as he studies at Kaplan University near Dupont Circle to secure the necessary credentials to apply for a residency program. His roommate introduced him to his boyfriend shortly after he arrived in the nation’s capital.

Budny told the Blade he speaks with his mother, although she remains uncomfortable with his sexual orientation. He has not spoken with his father since he kicked him out of the family apartment in 2007.

Budny said his mother has told him to stay in the U.S. because of Russia’s gay propaganda law.

“She is afraid for the safety of my younger brother and all of us,” said Budny.

He said authorities last month conducted what he described as an emergency inspection on the St. Petersburg children’s clinic he and his mother opened more than a decade ago.

Budny told the Blade the officials wanted to investigate the building’s electrical and plumbing systems, the windows and whether the first-floor of the apartment building in which the facility is located had been properly zoned. He said local officials in 2009 allowed the clinic to move into the building.

“They are attacking us by basically saying we are starting a clinic in an apartment building,” said Budny. “My mother is sure that this happened right after I filed my complaint against [Milonov].”

Budny told the Blade a D.C. lawyer has begun working on his asylum case. He expects she will formally file his petition with the U.S. government in the coming weeks.

“Right now I realize there is no way back,” said Budny, discussing Russia’s gay propaganda law. “They’re not going to repeal it. It’s going to be reinforced.”

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February 12th, 2014

BP backs global discrimination research

by Anthony

By Andrew Hill

BP is backing a global study into the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees face at multinationals, seven years after Lord Browne, who hid his homosexuality for decades, stepped down as the oil company’s chief executive.

The study, to be carried out by the New York-based Center for Talent Innovation, will look at how companies can be a “force for change” for LGBT employees.

It will also examine the effect of discrimination against LGBT individuals around the world, including in the fast-growing economies of India, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil and Russia, where BP maintains a presence through its 20 per cent stake in Rosneft.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who founded the CTI 10 years ago as the Center for Work-Life Policy, said: “Increasingly when you’re working in at least some of these countries, the local culture is going in the wrong direction [for LGBT employees].”

Lord Browne has been outspoken since his resignation about the pressures in the oil industry that prevented him declaring his sexuality. In December, he told the BBC that he lived “two lives” while at BP. “It was as if homosexuality had been airbrushed out of my life,” he said. “The whole atmosphere was so heterosexual I didn’t even think about it.”

BP, which declined to comment on its backing for the new research, joined Google, Barclays and EY last year as a founding corporate backer of OUTstanding in Business, a network aimed at highlighting role models among FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies and encouraging LGBT executives to “come out”.

The CTI’s first study of LGBT employees in 2011 detailed the consequences for those who concealed their sexuality at work, pointing out they were 40 per cent less likely to trust their employer and 73 per cent more likely to leave their company within three years than staff who were out. A second study in 2012 broadened the research from US companies – interviewing Lord Browne, among others – and examined what companies were doing to make LGBT staff feel more comfortable.

BP is likely to be one of several corporate sponsors of the “LGBT Global” research, the results of which should be published in 2015. It is one of a series of new CTI projects being launched on Tuesday, linked to what the think-tank calls “urgent human rights issues, to ensure the wellbeing and flourishing of workers”.

Other new research will include two parallel studies of “the power of the purse” – about the importance of women to the healthcare and financial services sectors – and a separate project looking at why women are ambivalent about taking up leadership positions at multinational companies.

NFL prospect declares his sexuality ahead of the draft

Michael Sam added his name at the weekend to the growing roll-call of sports stars who have taken the courageous and groundbreaking step of publicly declaring they are gay, writes Roger Blitz in London.

Mr Sam is one of the brightest college prospects in American football and likely to be sought after in the upcoming National Football League draft.

This could be a pivotal moment in professional sport, which for decades has bred a climate of prejudice that prevents athletes from coming out during their careers.

Sochi’s Winter Olympics is focusing uncomfortable attention on Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban. But the attention is also on professional leagues in Europe and the US to see how players respond to teammates outing themselves.

Elsewhere, Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers last year declared his homosexuality, as did German international Thomas Hitzlsperger, middle right, outing himself after he retired from the game.

On Monday, England women’s football captain Casey Stoney, top right, said the declaration from Olympic diver Tom Daley, bottom right, in December that he was in a relationship with a man helped her to come out.

Ms Stoney made the decision because “there are so many people struggling who are gay”, she said.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6c0d3d2a-924d-11e3-9e43-00144feab7de.html

February 5th, 2014

我的彩虹中國路 My Road of Rainbow China

by Anthony

https://www.facebook.com/notes/%E5%BC%B5%E9%8C%A6%E9%9B%84/%E6%88%91%E7%9A%84%E5%BD%A9%E8%99%B9%E4%B8%AD%E5%9C%8B%E8%B7%AF%E5%90%AB%E7%85%A7%E7%89%87my-road-of-rainbow-china-with-pics/426676140746252

我的彩虹中國路

張錦雄(Ken仔)

2013年1月31日

不講不知,為何我會選擇離開香港,更多時間投身內地。除了「推因」,還有「拉因」……

話說2009年,「香港彩虹」提交予「愛滋病信託基金」的項目書包括男男性接觸者社群愛滋病預防以及倡導反歧視公眾教育兩大部份,但只獲撥款資助前者;基於對機構的運作和發展存著意見分歧,最終,另一位創辦人接手管理「首間為同志而設的社區服務中心」。

作為百分百公開身份的同志愛滋病患者,兼唸社會工作出身,過去於香港多間大專院校的公共衛生、社會工作、社會學、心理學、通識教育、宗教及哲學學系等課堂作分享,亦曾為社會福利署和主流社福機構社工培訓課程擔任導師,我深知現身說法的倡導教育之重要性。

其實早於2007年,作為「北京愛知行研究所」理事(至今),不時參與各樣工作會議和夏令營,跟「中國愛滋病民間組織全國聯席會議」的友好分享香港同志組織工作經驗時,我已看到內地的龐大需要。近年,作為香港中文大學公民社會研究中心「公民社會訪問學人計劃」的指定嘉賓講員之一,有機會接觸一輪又一輪來自各地的公益人,更是加強了我的使命感,希望能為推動祖國公民社會發展出一分力。

基緣巧合,廣州大學城「同城社區」的兩位負責人來港訪問不同民間組織,讓我了解到內地年青新一代積極在校園推動性教育和公益活動,需要更多經驗傳授和實質支持;於是,我毅然返廣州,拜訪各個友好組織,促成之後的合作。

在沒有資助項目,沒有辦公室和受薪員工,我試著邊打散工(餐廳兼職服務員),邊善用空檔往來粵港兩地。畢竟,廣州離香港較近,交通住宿費用自己能夠負擔得來。從中山大學,到華工、華師,再到廣外、華農、廣美等高校,去講有關愛滋病及/或同性戀的議題。

2009至2010年,每個月我大概有數天不在香港,集中在廣東地區,積極參與「朋友公益」與「同城社區」開展的性別課程公選課,擔當嘉賓講員,偶爾去一下北京(酷兒影展)、瀋陽和台灣(快樂生命大會)。「彩虹中國」與「愛知行」合辦了「香港同志遊行活動營2009」,贊助約三十位來自各地的男同防艾組織的代表來港,參與平權活動兼交流研討。

2011年暑假,獲歐陽文風牧師個人慷慨資助,與他同行去了廣州和成都,為當地的同志組織做分享,除了同志平權和愛滋防治,也談及基督宗教和同性伴侶關係;之後我自費去了重慶幾天,與當地兩個同志組織進行交流培訓。11月,應「愛知行」邀請,我去了鄭州、南京和武漢等地,為當地的學生組織做分享和培訓。逐漸我在內地的時間增加至三分之一。

過去兩年,作為「同城社區」「『光合作用』校園LGBT領導力培育計劃」一、二期的嘉賓講員,有幸認識到一位又一位來自不同地區有心志於發展同志公益事業的大學生年青人,我應邀或主動去到深圳、長沙、南昌、武漢等地,支援及督導一下他們開展校園的工作。

也因為過去兩年應「澳門教育暨青年局」邀請,為當地的老師、社工和校醫做培訓時所收到的反饙,現在盡量安排男朋友和我一起去做分享,因為有他在場,大家很自然地消除對愛滋病的恐懼(事關跟感染者有親密關係的人都沒被傳染),同時亦增加對同性戀的瞭解和接納。

2012年起,在內地的時間逐漸增加至三分之二,隨著講課和出差的次數增多,已經沒法再做兼職,我開始了依靠講員費、稿費和友好捐助來維持基本生活的生涯。謹此特別鳴謝馬丁先生與其「貝利馬丁基金會」的支持!

8月,我短期獲聘於「愛白成都青年中心」,29天開展了21場活動,包括各樣主題的沙龍、講座、志願者培訓工作坊、分別為男同志和愛滋感染者而設的成長小組(四節)和支持小組(六節),還有在醫院病房裡做講座。除了網上外展諮詢,亦處理了十多個個案面談(包括同志伴侶),共接觸近百位男同志,收獲豐富,為往後的工作帶來不少啟發……

9月我與來自「台灣露德協會」的同工兼確診陽性十年的光哥去福建一個星期,與福州、夏門和泉州的感染者進行兩岸三地的交流培訓;11月「香港同志遊行2012」之後,我還去了山東,在濟南的兩個星期,為當地及聊城、德州的女男同志和愛滋感染者舉辦各樣沙龍講座、培訓工作坊及支持小組。

世界愛滋病日前後,從南京到長沙、珠海、修水、九江和南昌;除夕元旦前後,從廣州到武漢、北京和上海,馬不停蹄地做了一系列的活動,包括接受多家媒體記者採訪,以及由「東珍書院」安排的幾場高校講座和學生社團交流培訓,還有與各地的愛滋感染者歡渡節慶。

受台灣愛滋感染者亞輝的啟蒙,2007年起連續三年12月1日(世界愛滋病日)晚,我與「香港彩虹」的志願者於銅鑼灣街頭舉行「真情擁抱愛滋」。「彩虹中國」成立後,我決意每年最少去一個省市做這樣的倡導反歧視活動,2010年在廣州、2011年在武漢、2012年在南京舉行。2011年平安夜,於南昌與當地的愛滋感染者劉九龍做了一場;2013年1月5日於「夏門國際馬拉松比賽」亦做了一場。每次我們都動員不少年青志願者參與,且均獲媒體正面報導,把平等、關愛的訊息傳遞開去!

 

“My Road of Rainbow China”

Founder of Rainbow China

Cheung Kam Hung Kenneth

2013 January 31

You may not know if I don’t tell. Why would I choose to leave Hong Kong and spend more time in Mainland China? It’s not only because of various push factors, there are also pull factors.

Back in 2009, a proposal was submitted by Rainbow of Hong Kong to Council for the AIDS Trust Fund that involved two main parts: (i) The prevention of HIV/AIDS among the MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) and (ii) The promotion of public education on anti-discrimination. However, only the first part was sponsored.

Due to the different opinions on the operations and development of the organization, in the end, it was another founder that picked up the work to manage the “First Community Service Centre for LGBT” .

Identified as a public known Gay Man with HIV/AIDS, I have studied social work, shared in courses of public health, social work, sociology, psychology, general education, religious studies and philosophy among the tertiary institution in Hong Kong, lectured for Social Welfare Department and mainstream social welfare organizations in their social work training. I strongly understand the importance of first-hand experience of a model for the promotion of education.

In fact, since Year 2007, I have been a committee member of Beijing AIZHIXING Institute of Health Education, participating in various work meetings and summer camps, sharing the work experience LGBT in Hong Kong with friends in China HIV/AIDS CBO Network. I see huge needs in Mainland China.

Recently, as one of the guest speakers in Civil Society Visiting Fellow Program of Civil Society of Centre for Civil Society Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, I have a chance to communicate with visiting scholars from different places. My sense of mission is strengthened, hoping to contribute to the promotion of civil society in Mainland China.

Coincidently, two persons-in-charge of Gay and Lesbian Campus Association from Guangzhou, who has visited different NGOs in Hong Kong, allowed me to have a better understanding on how the new generation in Mainland China is keen to promote sex education and community work on campus positively. They need the sharing of experiences and practical support.

Therefore, I went to Guangzhou, visited various friendly organizations in order to initiate collaborations in the following period.

Without a funding body, there is no office and waged-employee. I tried to take up some freelances jobs (in catering), travelling between Hong Kong and Guangzhou in my spare time. Since Guangzhou is near to Hong Kong, the transportation and accommodation fees are affordable.

I started giving lectures about HIV/AIDS and LGBT in various tertiary institutions such as Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, South China Normal University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, South China Agricultural University and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Between 2009~2010, I was out of Hong Kong for a few days each month, mainly in Guangdong areas. I was a guest speaker in the Public Selected Courses of Gender Studies that was jointly developed by Friends Steam and Associated Gay/Les Campus, occasionally Queer Film Festival in Beijing, Shenyang and the International Happy Life Conference in Taiwan.

Rainbow China and AIZHIXING jointly organized the Hong Kong Pride Parade Activities Camp 2009, sponsored about 30 representatives of HIV/AIDS prevention organizations from various regions to Hong Kong, participated the equal right activities and exchange conferences.

In the summer of 2011, I was sponsored generously by Rev. Oyoung Wen Feng. I visited Guangzhou and Chengdu with him to share in local LGBT organizations, not only on the topic of LGBT equal rights and HIV/AIDS prevention, but also on Christianity and relationship between same sex partners.

Following that, I have stayed behind and visited Chongqing at my own cost for the exchange with two local LGBT organizations there.

In November, I was invited by AIZHIXING to visit Zhengzhou, Nanjing and Wuhan for the sharing and training among local student organizations.

My time involved in Mainland China has increased to 1/3 of my time.In the past two years, as a guest speaker for “Photosynthesis” Youth Leadership of Campus Project Phase I and II organized by Associated Gay/Les Campus, I am pleased to meet with young people in universities who are devoted to develop the community for LGBT wholeheartedly.

I also have been invited or initiated to visit Shenzhen, Changsha, Nanchang and Wuhan, etc. supporting and supervising their campus developmental work.

Also, Macao Educational and Youth Affairs Bureau has invited me to share with local teachers, social workers and campus doctors in the past two years. I got some feedbacks during the training. Now, I do my best to arrange my boyfriend to accompany with me to have sharing together. Due to his presence, everyone feel easy and natural to reduce the fear of HIV/AIDS (because the one who have intimacy with PLWHA (People living with HIV/AIDS) have not been infected), meanwhile, it enhances the better understanding and acceptance of LGBT.

From 2012 onward, my time in Mainland China has increased by 2/3. Due to the increasing frequencies of lectures and trips, I cannot hold a part-time job anymore. I start to rely on the speaker fee, author’s remuneration and donation from friends to maintain my basic life. Special acknowledgement to Mr Martin and his Barry & Martin’s Trust for the support.

In August, I was employed by Aibai Chengdu LGBT Youth Centre temporarily. There were 21 activities within 29 days, including the salon, seminars, volunteer training workshops of various themes, also a four-session growth group for Gay men and six-session support group for PLWHA, and seminars in hospitals. Apart from the online outreaching consultation, more than 10 cases of interviews (including gay couples) are settled. Almost 100 MSM are contacted with good harvest. It inspires my work in the future.

In September, I visited Fujian for a week with Henry Lan, a co-worker of Taiwan Lourdes Association who has also been HIV positive for 10 years. We have shared with those who are infected among Fuzhou, Xiamen and Quanzhou and carried out an exchange and training in Greater China.

After the Hong Kong Pride Parade 2012 in November, I went to Shandong. I stayed in Jinan for two weeks, a series of salon, seminar, training workshop and support group for LGBT and PLWHA with various topics were held in Laiocheng and Dezhou.

Before and after World AIDS Day, I travelled from Nanjing to Changsha, Zhuhai, Xiushui, Jiujiang and Nanchang; before and after New Year Eve, I went from Guangzhou to Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai.

A series of non-stop activities were held, including interviewed by media, a few seminars in a high school arranged by Dongjen Book Club; exchange and training among student communities as well as a festival celebration with the PLWHA.

Enlightened by Ahui, a PLWHA of Taiwan, I organized “Free Hugs for HIV/AIDS” with volunteers from Rainbow of Hong Kong in the street of Causeway Bay on the night of 1 December (World AIDS Day) in the consecutive three years since 2007.

With the setting up of Rainbow China, I determine to go to at least one province to promote such anti-discrimination activities, including 2010 in Guangzhou, 2011 in Wuhan and 2012 in Nanjing. One the Christmas Eve of 2011, free hug activity was held in Nanchang with local PLWHA, Liu Jiulong; similar free hug was held on 5 January 2013 in Xiamen International Marathon.

We have mobilized some young volunteers to participate every time, and they have received a positive report from media, spreading out the message of equality, love and concern.

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