Is it OK to be gay in Hong Kong?

Published: August 18, 2010

Recognition of the issues faced by gays in Asia is definitely increasing, say Betty Grisoni and Abby Lee. They say that more groups, either socially or politically based, have popped up in recent years. Les Peches started as a social gathering community, but as more people inquired about LGBT issues, Grisoni and Lee started supporting political LGBT events as well.

Nevertheless, Grisoni reveals that for lesbians, any apparent acceptance could be due to the fluidity of women’s sexuality.

“A woman is more reluctant to label herself as lesbian,” she says. With a “don’t ask, don’t tell” unspoken rule, the acceptance of lesbians is easier, as differentiating between a lesbian relationship and two close female friends, for instance, is not always obvious.

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