Sexual Orientation Discrimination Worsen Severely

Study found 53% Lesbian in Hong Kong has been discriminated
IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this statement from Women Coalition HKSAR.

A research on ‘Sexual Orientation Discrimination on Women in Hong Kong (2010) carried out by Women Coalition HKSAR found that 53% participated has been discriminated, as compared to 39% in 2005, by a similar research that was carried out in 2005, The situation has worsened severely.

‘Sexual Orientation Discrimination on Women in Hong Kong (2010) was carried out between October – December 2010. 510 Women participated by filling out questionnaires. After consolidating all the data collected, 270 women (53%) claimed that they have been discriminated. Of all participants, 62.4% claimed to be homosexuals, 33.3% Bisexuals, 3.5% Heterosexuals & 0.8% Others.

The current condition of discrimination in various categories were asked and ‘Education’ was the worst, 31% has been discriminated in schools.

Chart 1 –current condition of discrimination in various categories

Education 31%
Shopping/Customer Service Impaired Service 23%
Refused to Serve 3%
Workplace 20%
Healthcare 6%
Housing (Purchase/Rental 5%

Among various discrimination acts, the top 5 are: Verbal insult, humiliation, impaired service, unfair duty delegation & sexual Harrassment and of those who discriminate, the top 5 are Strangers in public, classmates/teaching staff/student/, Colleague/Supervisor/subordinate/, friends & Family (Co-habit) (see. Chart 2 & 3). Other results and details of crimination cases can be found in Appendix.

Discrimination Comlaint Neglected
Of the 53% who were discriminated, only 0.9% has filed a complaint but received no feedback.
A hotline (2835 1565) was set up for sexual orientation discrimination complaints by HK government in 2005, which was then under Constitution and Mainland Affairs Bureau later on. The government has provided insufficient promotion, the existence of which is still unknown to most general Tongchi community, hence complaint has been scarce.
Photo 1:Sexual Orientation Discrimination Hotline Promotional Poster (pictured in metro station on Aug 2010) by Constitution and Mainland Affairs Bureau – Message Vague & Ambiguous

Our Request
l Mr. Stephen S.L. LAM, JP, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Hong Kong Government, to look into the current situation of the Sexual orientation discrimination, evaluate the current floundered policy and the actual effectiveness of Sexual orientation discrimination complaint hotline;
l Reinforce public education in Education, Vocation & Service Industries;
l Fulfill the responsibility by CEDAW, proceed to legislative procedure for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance in order to protect people with various orientation to be further discriminated.

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Woman Coalition of HKSAR (http://www.wchk.org )