There are plenty of countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have, to put it mildly, a long way to go on LGBTI rights. Unlike almost all its neighbors, but as seen in some other former Portuguese African colonies, Mozambique is making great progress: Same-sex sexual activity was legalized in 2015, and discrimination against LGBTI persons in the workplace has been outlawed since 2007.
Q: Hong Kong’s discrimination ordinance doesn’t include LGBTI people. How do we help to change that?
A: Large organizations, like some of our sponsors for Pink Dot, have diversity departments that have budgets! These are big financial and law firms. In Hong Kong, they are actually the ones saying that you cannot discriminate against an LGBT person. They’re the ones that make Hong Kong run, so they’re the ones that can pressure the government.
—Betty Grisoni, Co-Director, Pink Dot