It has been a long and difficult journey (that has not yet ended) for the LGBTQ community. The community has made strides in advocacy and has created a rich and diverse culture. Because the U.S. is often seen as the center of queer culture, people often overlook the experiences of LGBTQ people in Eastern countries. Hong Kong’s queer community and culture has been growing especially fast in the past decade. 

In Hong Kong,  same-sex sexual activity is legal, LGBTQ gatherings and events are hosted around the city, and there is LGBTQ representation in the media. Yet there is still a social stigma that surrounds the community. 

It is not a subject that is freely spoken about. Many LGBTQ people hesitate to reveal their sexuality or gender identity to friends and family. University students are often openly ridiculed. Students self-censor their affection with their partners and do not speak up about the subject. However, they find comfort and solidarity in LGBTQ groups on and off campus.



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Adriane Kong

Adriane Kong is a student pursuing a B.A in Urban Studies at Columbia University. She hopes to combine art and design to promote the voices of marginalized groups.