Not to stigmatize 2022 Gay Games, urges Equal Opportunities Commission chair

Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ricky Chu Man-kin has urge people not to stigmatize the 2022 Gay Games, after the planned staging of the games in Hong Kong next year has provoked a strong reaction from lawmakers during a Legco meeting yesterday.

Chu said on a radio program today that the games is all about equal opportunities which promote the idea of both unity and diversity, sharing the same vision with the commission.

He said people should be inclusive and respect the games instead of stigmatizing it, adding that the commission had already written a letter to authorities hoping they can help facilitate the organizer in securing venues to carry out the games.

“The games have nothing to do with promoting same-sex marriages, people should not make a mountain out of a molehill,” said Chu.

The commission chairman also said some lawmakers’ comments yesterday were inappropriate

Pro-establishment lawmakers Priscilla Leung Mei-fun and Junius Ho Kwan-yiu said at a Legco meeting yesterday that the government should not help the organizer in securing venues for the games’ sporting events.

Ho said that the residents he represents oppose same-sex marriage, but he “respects one’s sexual orientation.”

“It is your business what you do in your own room, but if you go out and do it in public, it’s disgraceful,” said Ho.

He went on and said government officials should not get involved and throw money into the games.

“I don’t want to earn this type of dirty money, it doesn’t matter if we earn the HK$1 billion,” Ho added.

Meanwhile, Leung claimed that the Gay Games would attract “the opposing voice” and divide society.

The lawmaker added that the government should remain neutral in the organization of the games: “The public support for the government is already low enough, if the government supports such controversial events, I believe the majority of Hong Kong society will protect the heterosexual marriage system.”

Hong Kong will be the first city in Asia to host the Gay Games in November next year. The organizer estimates that over 12,000 people will take part in the Games, bringing HK$1 billion worth of revenue to the city.

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