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Thousands take to Hong Kong streets for Pride

Joseph McCormick November 8, 2015
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A Pride parade attended by around a thousand people has taken place in Hong Kong.

The parade, which took place on Saturday, saw around a thousand revellers take to the streets of downtown Hong Kong.

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Many called for the city to advance LGBT rights, and to implement protections and same-sex marriage.

The parade was compared to one which took place in Taiwan last month, which attracted 80,000 people.

Campaigners have fought for some time in Hong Kong to have anti-LGBT discrimination banned.

The city’s Catholic bishop earlier this month attracted criticism, suggesting that “the gay movement” was “challenging” the concepts of marriage and the family.

Cardinal Tong said if same-sex marriage were legalised in Hong Kong, or if discrimination protections were brought in: “This would force our society into undergoing a change that would turn it upside-down”.

Later this month, a judgement is expected in a landmark court case, in which a British lesbian has challenged the Government’s refusal to grant her a visa to stay in the territory with her partner.

The woman, only referred to as QT in court, has called the authorities’ decision to not grant her leave to remain “discriminatory”.

The couple entered a civil partnership in the UK in 2011.

People take part in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) parade in Hong Kong on November 6, 2015. Hong Kong's streets were coloured by rainbow flags as protesters marched in the city's annual gay pride parade to call for equality and same-sex marriage. AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE (Photo credit should read Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)

Related topics: Asia, Asia, China, China, Hong Kong, Pride

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