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November 20th, 2013

Fundraising Historical Walk – Kowloon City

by Anthony

Fundraising Historical Walk – Kowloon City

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Kowloon City Historical Walk Date: 7 Dec 2013 (Sat) Time: 1:45pm – 5:00/5:30pm Charge: HK$400 Pink Alliance is delighted to announce that the popular local historian and writer Jason Wordie is generously donating his time to lead three guided walks in Hong Kong.  Jason’s walks are packed with historical information all delivered in a lively and anecdotal way.  You can visit Jason’s website for more information – http://www.jasonwordie.com/ All monies raised will used to support our programs to advocate LGBT rights in Hong Kong. About the walk: Kowloon Walled City, originally constructed in the 1820s, had degenerated into a notorious crime-ridden slum by the 1970s. The Walled City was finally cleared and demolished in the mid-1990s, and the new open space was transformed into a magnificent public park. Kowloon Walled City Park incorporates some of the nineteenth century Chinese Yamen (magistracy) buildings, as well as newly-constructed Soochow-style pavilions and ornamental ponds. Sympathetic seasonal plantings, winding pathways and mounds of dramatically mis-shapen rocks complete the Olde Cathay garden effect. For details, please visit : Booking:

  • A booking form must be completed for each person attending a walk.
  • Bookings are only considered confirmed when written confirmation to the attendee has been issued by us, and confirmation of receipt has been confirmed by the attendee, for the walk on the date specified.
  • To make a booking please send an e-mail, once payment has been made the booking will be confirmed.
  • Please note that the walks are not suitable for children under 15 years of age.

E-mail & Contact:

  • Please include the following in your e-mail for booking: 1)Name, 2)Mobile number, 3)Email, 4)Number of participants:
  • Contacted person: Barry Lee

Mobile: 9870-6213 E-mail: [email protected]

  • We will send you e-mail as Booking Confirmation. Then, please proceed the payment as follows:

Payment: 1) Please deposit a cheque or make money transfer to the following bank details:

  • Name of the Bank: HSBC
  • Account Number: 112-194386-001
  • Name of the account: Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting

2) Please email the copy of your bank-in slip or transfer record to Barry Lee. Confirmation:

  • Once your booking and payment have been received a final confirmation will be issued including where to meet information and contact details. Other general information can also be found on the website.

Cancellation Policy: More than 48 hours prior to the event – 100% refund

  • Cancellation within 48 hours of the event – 50% refund
  • Cancellation within 24 hours of the event – No Refund
  • Cancellations made by the attendee, on behalf of any attendee, must be made in writing. A confirmation of cancellation will issued once it is accepted.

 Cancellations Due To Weather:

  • Walks will be automatically cancelled in the event of a Typhoon Signal No. 8 or a Black Rainstorm.
  • Participants must be aware that walks are, by definition, a weather-dependent outdoor event. Given the vagaries of weather conditions in Hong Kong, localised weather circumstances may change quickly, regardless of forecast weather conditions on the day.
  • In the case of unsuitable weather conditions attendees will be contacted three hours before the walk. Notification will be by email, SMS and – where possible – by personal follow-up telephone call.
  • The final decision whether or not to go ahead with the scheduled walk remains at our sole discretion.
  • In general, a re-schedule date will be arranged, and those registered for the cancelled event will have priority for re-registration.
  • The attendee will be refunded in full.
October 17th, 2013

PINK ALLIANCE Position Paper on the Elimination of Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

by Anthony

PINK ALLIANCE

Position Paper on the Elimination of Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

A. Preamble
Whereas human dignity is inviolable and must be respected and protected;
Whereas discrimination of any kind has no place in any civil society;
Whereas Pink Alliance advocates the equal treatment of citizens irrespective of
sexual orientation and gender identity;
Whereas safeguarding the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
persons is an obligation of every state under international human rights norms and
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and
Whereas a law that prohibits sexuality-based discrimination would:

• foster a society in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in
the economic, social, political and cultural life of Hong Kong;
• promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in
dignity and rights;
• prevent discrimination prohibited by law; and
• provide a means of redress for those persons who are discriminated against
contrary to law.
Therefore, Pink Alliance calls on the Hong Kong government to take immediate
action to protect LGBT persons from discrimination by legislation.

 

B. Definition
1. For the purpose of this position paper, Pink Alliance adopts American
Psychological Association’s definition of sexual orientation, which is the enduring
pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions to men, women or both
sexes.
2. For greater certainty, sexual orientation also means a person’s sense of sexual
identity. This includes homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality.
3. For the purpose of this position paper, Pink Alliance adopts American
Psychological Association’s definition of transgender, which is an umbrella term
for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behaviour does not
conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at
birth.
4. For greater certainty, gender identity refers to a person’s private sense of
gender, whereas gender expression refers to the way a person communicates
gender identity to others through behaviour, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body
characteristics.
5. Discriminatory practices refer to the provision of goods, services, facilities and
accommodation customarily available to the public, where the denial of such
good, service, facility and accommodation is based on sexual orientation or
gender identity.

 

C. Legal framework
6. Pink Alliance advocates that the four existing anti-discrimination ordinances can
be used as a framework to draft a new ordinance that outlaws discrimination on
the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
7. Pink Alliance advocates that the Equal Opportunities Commission be given the
jurisdiction to promote LGBT equal rights and to investigate complaints, and the
power to initiate proceedings in respect of breaches of the legislation.
8. Pink Alliance also supports the inclusion of race, national or ethnic origin, colour,
age, sex, marital status, family status, religion, mental or physical disability and
citizenship as prohibited grounds of discrimination in a consolidated human
rights ordinance.
9. Pink Alliance believes in freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
10. Pink Alliance believes that LGBT equal rights and other human rights can coexist.
No one right trumps the others. In the event of conflicts, a competent
tribunal or court of law would adjudicate according to the merits of each case
and established jurisprudence.
11. Pink Alliance advocates that an ordinance that prohibits sexuality-based
discrimination should bind both private parties and public officials in their
execution of office.

 

D. Employment
12. Refusal to employ or continue to employ on the basis of sexual orientation or
gender identity should be prohibited.
13. Differential treatment of an employee based on sexual orientation or gender
identity should be prohibited.
14. For greater certainty, independent contractors are considered as employees.
15. For greater certainty, differential treatment includes not but limited to wage,
promotion, training, recruitment, referral and apprenticeship.
16. Religious organizations should be granted exemptions when dealing with the
employment of religious officials.
17. For the purpose of this position paper, religious organizations refer to organized
churches, as well as churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, nondenominational
ministries and other entities whose principal purpose is the
practice or advancement of religion.
18. Religious officials refer to members of the clergy and lay ministers of any
religious order or denomination.
19. For greater certainty, ordinary employees, such as teachers, counsellors and
administrators employed in educational institutions or other organizations
established or sponsored by religious organizations are not to be considered as
religious officials.

 

E. Provision of service, facility and accommodation, etc.
20. The denial of service, facility and accommodation on the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity should be prohibited.
21. The offering of service on a lesser term on the basis of sexual orientation or
gender identity should be prohibited.
22. For greater certainty, point 21 does not apply to places of worship.
23. The refusal to make conveyance or entering into a tenancy agreement on the
basis of sexual orientation or gender identity should be prohibited.

 

F. Education
24. Schools and educational institutions should be prohibited from excluding the
admission of students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
25. School administrators are required to provide a safe environment for all students
and to ensure that students and staff are free from discrimination and
harassment.
26. School administrators are required to treat all students equally. Unequal
treatment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity should be
prohibited.
27. Pink Alliance advocates the development of appropriate curriculum guidelines
and directives to promote the understanding and learning of human sexuality in
a non-discriminatory manner.

 

G. Health care
28. The denial of heath care, medical treatments or procedures on the basis of
sexual orientation or gender identity should be prohibited.
29. Notwithstanding the legal status of same-sex relationships, hospital visitation
rights should be extended to persons in same-sex relationships.
30. Notwithstanding the legal status of same-sex relationships, medical decisionmaking
authority should be extended to persons in same-sex relationships
through an appropriate legal or administrative framework.

 

H. Discriminatory publication
31. Communicating in public and the publication of any statement, notice, sign,
symbol, emblem or other representation that vilifies, ridicules or to incite hatred
towards a person or class of persons on the basis on sexual orientation or
gender identity should be prohibited.
32. It should not be held unlawful if an activity in public is done so in a reasonable
manner and in good faith, for academic, artistic, scientific or research purposes
or for other purposes in the public interest, including discussions about and
expositions of any matter.

 

I. Gender recognition
33. Pink Alliance believes that the prerequisite of having to undergo medical
procedures for a legal recognition of a change in gender is unduly invasive and
poses significant health risks to transgender persons.
34. Pink Alliance advocates the adoption of the United Kingdom’s Gender
Recognition Act, subject to necessary modifications, as a model for a local
legislation that provides a comprehensive legal framework for transgender
persons.

 

粉紅同盟
消除性取向及性別認同歧視立場書

壹)前言
鑒於人性尊嚴不可侵犯,其必須受到尊重和保護;
鑒於文明社會不容任何型式的歧視;
鑒於粉紅同盟主張人人不論其性取向和性別認同,都應獲得平等的對待;
鑒於保障同性戀、雙性戀及跨性別者的人權,在世界人權宣言及國際人權標準下,是各國
政府的責任;
鑒於立法禁止性取向及性別認同歧視將帶來以下的正面作用:
• 促使人人都能夠自由自在,全面參與香港的經濟、社會、政治及文化活動;
• 促進理解,建立平等、互相尊重的社會氣氛;
• 防止法例所不容許的歧視;
• 給予受歧視者一個申訴的渠道。
因此,粉紅同盟呼籲香港政府即時立法,保障不同性取向以及跨性別者免受歧視。

 

貳) 定義
一)在本立場書中,粉紅同盟採納美國心理學會對性取向的定義,即是在情感、愛情或性
愛上對男性、女性或兩性有持久的吸引。
二)為清晰起見,性取向亦包括個人的性身份認同。這包括男、女同性戀者和雙性戀者
(下稱性小眾)。
三)在本立場書中,粉紅同盟採納美國心理學會對跨性別者的定義,即涵指任何人的性別
認同與行為,有別於一般人對其性別角式的認知。
四)為清晰起見,性別認同指個人對性別上的認知,而性別表達則指個人對外透過行為、
服裝、髪型、聲音以及身體特徵表達相關的性別身份。
五)歧視行為涵指以性取向或性別認同為由,而拒絕提供商品和服務以及設施或住宿的租
賃。

 

参)法律框架
六)粉紅同盟認為政府可以現有的四條反歧視條例為藍本,訂立禁止性取向及性別認同歧
視的新條例。
七)粉紅同盟主張賦予平等機會委員會權力,以推廣性小眾的平等權利,調查違反相關歧
視條例的投訴,並起訴涉案人士。
八)粉紅同盟亦支持在綜合人權法例中,涵列種族、膚色、年齡、性別、家庭崗位、宗教、
精神或身體殘疾及國籍為受保障的範籌。
九)粉紅同盟支持宗教及言論自由。
十)粉紅同盟相信性小眾平權與其它人權並行不悖。兩者有所衝突時, 法庭可以依照案
情與案例裁斷是非。
十一) 粉紅同盟認為禁止歧視的法例必須適用於私人行為和公職人員在執行職務時的行
為。

 

肆)就業
十二)法例應禁止僱主基於性取向和性別認同而拒絕僱用招聘者,或終止員工的僱用。
十三) 法例應禁止僱主基於員工的性取向和性別認同而跟其他僱員有不同的待遇。
十四) 為清晰起見,應視獨立承辦人為員工。
十五)為清晰起見,「不同待遇」不限於報酬、晉升、培訓、招聘和見習方面的待遇。
十六) 宗教團體於聘用宗教人員時,應獲豁免,不受條例所限。
十七) 在本立場書中,「宗教團體」指有組織的教會、宗派組織、廟宇和清真寺,以及
其它以傳道或推展宗教為主要工作的組織。
十八)「宗教人員」指任何教會或宗派的神職人員和聖體員。
十九)為清晰起見,一般僱員,包括在有宗教背景的教育及其他機構工作的教師、輔導人
員以及行政人員,均不應視為宗教人員。

 

伍)服務提供、設施及住宿等等
二十)法例應禁止任何人基於性取向和性別認同而拒絕提供服務、設施和住宿。
廿一)法例應禁止任何人基於性取向和性別認同而提供較次等的服務、設施和住宿。
廿二)為清晰起見,第廿一點並不適用於崇拜地方。
廿三)法例應禁止任何人以性取向和性別認同為由而拒絕簽署租賃協議。

 

陸)教育
廿四)法例應禁止學校及教育機構基於性取向和性別認同而拒絕學生入讀。
廿五)校方有責任向所有員工和學生提供安全的學習環境,並採取措施確保學生和教職員
免受歧視和騷擾。
廿六)校方必須平等對待所有學生。法例應禁止校方基於性取向和性別認同而對學生有所
不同的對待。
廿七)粉紅同盟主張政府發出合適的指引,以推展多元兼包容的性教育課程。

 

柒)醫療
廿八)法例應禁止任何人基於性取向和性別認同而拒絕提供醫療服務。
廿九)不論同性關係的法律地位,同性伴侶應享有醫院探視權。
三十) 不論同性關係的法律地位,同性伴侶應在適當的法律框架下,有權為對方作出醫
療決定。

 

捌)歧視言論
三十一)法例應禁止公開發佈任何基於性取向和性別認同而對他人中傷、嘲笑,或煽動仇
恨的言論、告示或標記。
三十二)為學術、藝術、科學或研究的目的或其他符合公眾利益的目的,而合理地和真誠
作出的公開活動(包括對任何材料的討論及闡釋)則不應因第三十一點而視為違法行為。

 

玖)性別認同
三十三)粉紅同盟認為,目前要求當事人於接受變性手術後,才獲得具法律效力的的性別
變更,做法不單具侵擾性,並對跨性別者帶來嚴重的身體健康問題。
三十四) 粉紅同盟主張香港以英國的性別認同法為藍本,立法全面保障跨性別者的權益。

October 17th, 2013

PINK ALLIANCE : Position Paper on Transgender Policy

by Anthony

PINK ALLIANCE

 

Position Paper on Transgender Policy

A. Preamble

 

  1. The Pink Alliance (PA) advocates the equal treatment of citizens irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

  1. Safeguarding the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons is an obligation of every state under international conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Yogyakarta Principles.

 

  1. The PA has resolved to campaign for a Gender Recognition Ordinance (GRO) in Hong Kong similar to the UK Gender Recognition Act (GRA) of 2004.

 

  1. The UK GRA contains the following provisions:

 

    1. It provides recognition through the issuance of a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).

 

    1. The GRC provides legal gender recognition in a wide range of areas, including marriage, registration, parenthood, social welfare benefits, pensions, discrimination, succession and gender specific offences.

 

    1. The GRC provides legal gender recognition to applicants based on gender identity and lived experience, regardless of medical treatment, such as with hormones or surgery.  It establishes a Gender Recognition Panel (GRP) to decide cases based upon whether an individual:

 

(1)               Has at some point in the past had gender dysphoria (discomfort or distress in regard to gender assignment).

 

(2)              Has lived in the acquired gender throughout the period of two years previous to the application.

 

(3)              Intends to continue to live in the acquired gender until death.

 

    1. It requires that those already married when applying for a GRC should dissolve that marriage and (if they wish) enter a Civil Union instead. This is a provision made to avoid de facto same sex marriages, something no longer an issue in the United Kingdom, but which remains an issue in Hong Kong.
    2. Acquisition of a GRC is voluntary.  Individuals may choose not to have a GRC, a provision that allows individuals in marriages to remain married.

 

    1. It has a very broad scope and extends into a range of legal areas in which status as male or female has legal importance.

 

    1. It is inclusive.  All trans people who identify in a gender other than that assigned to them at birth are covered.

 

  1. The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal has made extensive favourable references to the UK GRA, and it is noteworthy that Hong Kong courts tend to look to the UK for legislative models, thus making a GRO styled on the UK GRA a more viable option for Hong Kong to adopt than other models.

 

  1. A campaign for a UK-style GRO is highly likely to be supported by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and is also likely to be supported by other international organisations, probably including Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE) and the Trans Secretariat of the International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) and possibly including the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), which made a submission to the courts in the Ms W case.

 

  1. The PA views the issues facing trans people as distinct and worthy of separate treatment and will campaign for the legislation of a GRA as a distinct issue.  It will separate that campaign from any subsequent campaign to support legally-recognised same-sex relationships in Hong Kong, should it adopt a policy of support for such legislation and should it launch any campaign for such legislation.

 

B. Definitions

 

  1. For the purpose of this position paper, the PA adopts WPATH’s definition of gender identity, which is that gender identity is a person’s intrinsic sense of being male (a boy or man), female (a girl or woman) or an alternative gender (e.g.boygirl, girlboy, transgender, gender queer, eunuch).

 

  1. The PA adopts WPATH’s definition of transgender or trans people as individuals whose gender identity and/or expression of their gender differs from social norms related to their gender of birth. This definition embraces a wide range of people who personally identify as male, as female, as genders beyond these two, or indeed identify in ways that transcend gender. The term embraces those who are comfortable with their bodies and therefore feel no need for hormones, surgeries or other body modifications, as well as those who seek to modify their bodies.

 

 

 

C. Legal framework

 

  1. The Pink Alliance advocates that any Hong Kong GRO be based upon and be similar to the United Kingdom GRA of 2004.

 

  1. The Pink Alliance advocates that the Equal Opportunities Commission be given the jurisdiction to promote equal rights for trans people and to investigate complaints and allegations of breaches of the GRO.

 

  1. The Pink Alliance is open to the ideas that gender identity be included in a consolidated human rights ordinance or in a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Ordinance (SOGIDO).

 

D. Employment

 

  1. Refusal to employ or continue to employ on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

 

  1. Differential treatment of an employee (including but not limited to wages, promotion, training, recruitment, referral and apprenticeship) based on gender identity should be prohibited.

 

E. Provision of services, facilities and accommodation, etc.

 

  1. The denial of services, facilities and accommodation on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

 

  1. Refusal to enter into a property purchase agreement on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

 

  1. Refusal of entering into a tenancy agreement on the basis on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

 

F. Education

 

  1. Schools and educational institutions should be prohibited from excluding the admission of students or staff on the basis of gender identity.

 

  1. School administrators should be required to provide a safe environment for trans students and staff and to ensure that trans students and staff are free from harassment.

 

20. School administrators should be required to treat all students and staff equally. Unequal treatment on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

 

G. Health care

 

  1. The denial of health care, medical treatment or procedures on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

 

H. Discriminatory publications

 

22. Communicating in public and the publication of any statement, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that vilifies, ridicules or incites hatred towards a person or class of persons on the basis of gender identity should be prohibited.

October 16th, 2013

Pride Lit: Read Out and Speak Up

by Anthony

In conjunction with the Tonzhi Literary Group and part of the 2013 Pink Season, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival presents a special event which combines engaging readings by acclaimed local and overseas gay writers and a lively debate in which a gay writer’s role in our society is examined, debated and reinforced.

Part 1) Read and Lift: An international panel of Festival authors Andrew Lam (US), Evan Fallenberg (Israel), Marshall Moore and poet Nicholas Wong (both from Hong Kong), offers excerpts from their latest works in our prelude session. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud.

Part 2) Speak Up: Given the recent heated discussion over gay marriage all around us, are the gay movement and gay writing moving in opposite directions or the same? Is it gay writer or writer who happens to be gay? Do gay writers have a social responsibility beyond creating the artistic work itself? Our international panel speakers will examine these questions and more. Nigel Collett moderates.

Event Details

Date: 9/11/2013 (Sat)

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Venue: Underground, The Fringe Club

Price: $150

 

To purchase tickets for these events:

CITYLINE Hotlines (10am – 8pm)

(852) 2314 4228 (Telephone Enquiries)

(852) 2111 5333 (Telephone Booking – Events)

Online: [http://www.cityline.com.hk]

In Person: Tom Lee Music Stores [http://www.tomleemusic.com.hk/stores.php]

August 21st, 2013

Flower Boats and Working Girls – Prostitution in Hong Kong. A Historical Overview from the Nineteenth Century until the 1950s

by Anthony

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Fundraising Lecture for Pink Alliance

Cooperation between Pink Alliance and St. John’s Cathedral HIV Education Centre

 

Date: 12/Sep/13 (Thu)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Pre-lecture: Reception with complimentary drinks starts from 6:00 to 6:30pm

Lecture: 6:30-7:30pm, followed by Q&A
Venue: Li Hall at St John’s Cathedral, 4 – 8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Fee: HK$400 per person (Full-time student $200)

Pink Alliance is delighted to announce that the popular local historian and writer Jason Wordie willgive a fundraising lecture on the topic of prostitution in Hong Kong.

 

Flower Boats and Working Girls has been popularly received by many cultural and community groups over the last few years. So come prepared to be informed, educated and entertained!

 

You can visit Jason’s website for more information – http://www.jasonwordie.com/

 

 

All money raised from this event will used to support our programs to advocate LGBT rights in Hong Kong.

Flower Boats and Working Girls – Prostitution in Hong Kong.

A Historical Overview from the Nineteenth Century until the 1950s

 

In this lively, broad-ranging, extensively illustrated talk, we will learn how and why the commercial sex trade became so important in Hong Kong, understand the wider social and economic context that enabled this industry, examine the various European, Chinese, and other Asian ethnicities represented, and explore some broadly-illustrative personal stories.

 

Registration:

  • Registration must be completed for each person attending the lecture.
  • To make a registration please send an e-mail. Once payment has been made the registration will be confirmed.

 

E-mail:

Please include the following in your e-mail for booking:

  • Name:
  • Mobile number:
  • Email:
  • Number of participants:

 

Contacted person: Barry Lee

Mobile: 9870-6213

E-mail: [email protected]

 

We will send you an e-mail as Registration Confirmation. Then, please proceed the payment as follows:

 

 Payment:

1) Please deposit a cheque or make money transfer to the following bank details:

  • Name of the Bank: HSBC
  • Account Number: 112-194386-001
  • Name of the account: Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting

 

2) Please send the copy of your bank-in slip or transfer record to Barry Lee e-mail: [email protected]. Please also mention your name and this lecture.