Given the continent’s broadly Catholic history, it may be surprising to some how rapidly many South American countries are progressing on LGBTI issues. Leading the field is Colombia, where the nation’s Constitutional Court has recognized the rights of LGBTI couples in a wide range of areas. Most recently and notably, in April this year, the same court legalized same-sex marriage, sparking celebrations across the country.
Q: How far is Hong Kong from legalizing same-sex marriage?
A: There are some very interesting situations bubbling away under the surface of Hong Kong at the moment that could have ground-breaking effects for the LGBTI community. Two of these are legal cases that are defending same-sex couples’ rights to be recognized as such. If they are won, which we hope and expect they will be, then the law will have to be changed. It is a fight that must be fought in all possible ways, though. By breaking down the barriers of misconception, engaging in conversation and working together, the journey will be much easier. It is going to be a long struggle, but I believe that we will get there.
—Philip Howell-Williams, Director, Pink Season HK