Hong Kong has a small but growing LGBTQ+ scene and the annual Pride Parade in November now attracts rainbow flag-wavers by the thousands. That said, 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. It is not common to see LGBTQ+ couples making displays of affection in public.
In 1991 the Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance removed criminal penalties for homosexual acts between consenting adults over the age of 18. Since then LGBTQ+ groups have been lobbying for legislation to address the issue of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, but the government has been criticised for failing to recognise and embrace the community.
In July 2018 there was a landmark ruling by Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal, stating that the same-sex partner of a British expat should be granted a spousal visa – a move that has given the local LGBTQ+ community hope that change (and, importantly, greater equality) is on the horizon.
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