Hong Kong has a small but vibrant and growing gay-and-lesbian scene and the annual Pride Parade in November now attracts rainbow flag-wavers by the thousands.

In 1991 the Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance removed criminal penalties for homosexual acts between consenting adults over the age of 18. Since then gay groups have been lobbying for legislation to address the issue of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Despite these changes, however, Hong Kong Chinese society remains fairly conservative, and it can still be risky for gays and lesbians to come out to family members or their employers.

Contact Pink Alliance (http://tcjm.org) for information about LGBTIQ culture and events in Hong Kong. Or check out the latest events in Hong Kong’s first free gay lifestyle magazine, Dim Sum Magazine (http://dimsum-hk.com).

Les Peches is Hong Kong’s premier lesbian organisation and has monthly events for lesbians, bisexual women and their friends.