Hong Kong LGBT group disrupts church talk on discrimination

(UCAN) LGBT activists disrupted a church talk on the anti-sexual orientation discrimination law, urging the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese to discuss and dialogue on the issue.

St. Jude’s Church Parish Family Group organized the March 13 event on Sex Orientation Discrimination Ordinance at its parish premises in North Point.

In January the Equal Opportunities Commission reported widespread public support for the legislative protection against discrimination for LGBT people and called for the government to undertake public consultation to ascertain the scope and content of that legislation.

Soon after the church-organized event was in progress about 10 members from the Rainbow Action, a LGBT movement in Hong Kong, began shouting slogans “stop discrimination, start with dialogue” and distributed leaflets outside the parish.

Organizers had to call for police help and the event was cancelled.

A scuffle broke out as the activists tried to get into the venue but were stopped by parish volunteers who said they had not registered for the event.*

However, Jimmy Sham Tzs-kit, a member of the Rainbow Action, told ucanews.com that he had phoned the parish before and the one who answered him said, “You just come and it’s OK.”

Salesian Father Martin Yip Tai Ho who participated in the event said the parish announcement on March 5 said the event needed registration.

Sham said they just wanted to hear the Catholic point of view on the ordinance. [More]