Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Sunday, Jul 14, 2024

Gay Games a chance for Hong Kong to showcase its tolerant, welcoming side

Gay Games a chance for Hong Kong to showcase its tolerant, welcoming side

Closed-mindedness is not in keeping with Hong Kong’s role as a centre for international cultural exchange and a site of cultural experimentation and reform. Rather than more politicisation, the city needs to go back to what it does best – welcoming the world with open arms.

The Gay Games is set to take place in Hong Kong in November, the first time an Asian city has acted as co-host in the event’s four-decade history. The Gay Games reflects the best of Hong Kong because of its inclusiveness. This event is open to all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or even training level.

Co-hosting the Games alongside Guadalajara, Mexico, empowers us to position ourselves as an iconic and welcoming gateway for visitors from Latin America, a vital part of our efforts to reach out to countries beyond the conventionally defined West.

Much has been written about the potential economic value of the Games, as an attraction for tourists and consumers, that can revitalise the city’s economy after years of pandemic-induced isolation. Yet, at the core of the event lies the important task of demonstrating to the world that the Hong Kong story remains alive and well, despite reports of its demise.

The most captivating stories are those that are lived, not just told. While it is important for people abroad to hear about the versatility and dynamism of Hong Kong, it is vital for them to experience these virtues first-hand, too.

The Gay Games will showcase that this global city is a lively melting pot of identities, values and cultural systems. Both the Hong Kong government and private sector are aware of the power of sports as a means of breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions.

For those who call this city home, there is also a deeper reason it remains unique and irreplaceable. As an open-minded, progressive and cosmopolitan Chinese city, Hong Kong is known to be a place of mutual learning and mutual respect.

Whether you support or have reservations about LGBTQ rights, whether you identify as a Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or an atheist, Hong Kong welcomes you as long as you respect the rights of others. Here, difference and diversity are not just tolerated but championed.

We understand the objections of some people to same-sex marriage, even though we vigorously disagree with them. However, we fail to understand how anyone could view a joyous celebration of sporting achievements and compassionate solidarity as a security matter.

In a civilised city such as Hong Kong, disagreements should be backed up by facts, reason and sound justifications, not inflammatory rhetoric rooted in undue over-politicisation.

If we are going to be a city where global talent can feel safe and secure, all residents must have the right to embrace their identities, share their stories and bond over their love for Hong Kong’s distinctive culture. Equally, arguing that the Gay Games are in defiance of Chinese culture is unequivocally false.

Junius Ho Kwan-yiu has been one of the most vehement critics of Hong Kong hosting the Gay Games, calling the event “disgraceful” and saying any revenue generated by it would be “dirty money”.


Hong Kong contributes its own flavours towards China’s national culture. Its pop culture is studded with stars who have long challenged narrow, heteronormative assumptions about gender identities and sexual orientations.

From Leslie Cheung to Roman Tam, we have been graced by many legends who reimagined boundaries and pioneered transformative trends in fashion, music and the arts. Many of these artists identify as ethnic Chinese, taking pride in modern China’s development.

Cantonese opera leans heavily on androgyny and ambiguities around gender identities through all-female performances in which male parts are also played by women. One of the most renowned partnerships in opera history is Pak Suet-sin and Yam Kim-fai, who inspired people to take up the preservation and study of the art form, which Unesco deemed an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.

Chinese culture is known for its magnanimity, as described in the saying, “All rivers run into the sea. Be the bigger person in accommodating differences.” As a city steeped in a thousand cultures, it falls on Hong Kong to carry the dual batons of preserving Chinese culture while also seeking to innovate.

Closed minds are neither conducive to Hong Kong’s role as a centre for international cultural exchange nor compatible with our unique DNA as a site of cultural experimentation and progressive reform.

Ultimately, what we needs today is not more politicisation. Rather, we should go back to what we do best – welcoming the world with open arms.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
0:00
0:00
Close
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.
×