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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

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