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BLOG – Anti-Discrimination Rules Should Protect LGBT Workers

Guest post by Dallas Sanders

“Mr. Sanders, he is gay,” said the 10 year old pointing to his classmate. I froze. A million thoughts came rushing through my mind such as does the boy know what it means? Is he joking? Is he repeating something on TV to get a reaction from me? I was trying to think of a response. I turned to him and said “If he is then that is good. If he isn’t that is good too. It really does not matter as long as he is happy.” The kid looked at me confused and I am not sure if it was because of what I said or if he didn’t understand.

Being a teacher is easy since I love it but being a gay teacher in Hong Kong is hard. If I had turned to the student and told him I was gay too then my school may not renew my contract. The kid could have complained to his mom or dad and I could have lost my job because Hong Kong does not have any discrimination laws to protect me.

The government has policies guarding against discrimination but they are voluntary with no punishments for those who violate them. They are not laws. Hong Kong needs discrimination laws not only to protect the LGBT community but also for anyone who may be judged by who they are rather than what they can do.

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BLOG – 51 NGOs Call Upon GovHK to Stop Ivory Imports/Exports

Today, a coalition of 51 NGOs coordinated by Robin des Bois and WildAid Hong Kong co-signed and sent a letter to Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, demanding that the Hong Kong Government stop issuing any new import licenses and re-export licenses for pre-Convention elephant ivory.

What does this mean, and how might this action help save Africa’s elephants?


VIDEO – What Happened Next? The Occupy Central Movement: Then and Now

What happened next? Six months have passed since students and supporters alike of Occupy Central took to the streets to fight for universal suffrage. Cameos reflects on how opinions and things have (or haven’t) changed since.

At around the four minute mark, the film switches to scenes from the present day.

The purpose of the Cameos project is “to serve as a mirror – to reflect both the minute and the major consequentialities of the behaviour of individuals.” 


HELPERS – HK Domestic Worker To Conquer Everest Base Camp This April 2

Via HK Helpers Campaign

Discovery Bay domestic worker Liza Avelino will pack her specialist climbing gear next month as she heads to Nepal for a 22-day Himalayan trekking expedition up to Everest Base Camp. Liza will be raising funds for local NGO Enrich.

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BLOG – Hong Kong’s Kim Jong-Un Lookalike Hails Fellow “Dictator” Lee Kuan Yew

Hong Kong’s very own Kim Jong-un impersonator was ushered out of an event marking the passing of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday. “Kim” took to the stage as hundreds of Singaporeans gathered at Central Plaza to watch a live-stream of Lee’s funeral.

In an effort to subvert the outpouring of positive coverage surrounding Lee’s passing, the Kim lookalike declared the former prime minister the “world’s greatest dictator” amid angry heckles.

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PHOTOGRAPHY – Squalid Slums Return to Asia’s “World City”

A Huffington Post cross-feature. Some names have been altered and identities obscured to protect those featured.

Village houses and flats overlook a ramshackle slum in Lam Tei, a suburb in Hong Kong’s New Territories. As of December 2014, the city is home to 9,618 asylum claimants.