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9 Dec 2016

HSBC’s rainbow lions sparks debate

Art installation to promote LGBT equality outside HSBC in Hong Kong has drawn praise and criticism.

Two plain bronze lions named Stephen and Stitt outside HSBC central office have been joined by a pair of multi-coloured replicas as part of the bank's LGBT ”Celebrate Pride, Celebrate Unity" campaign.

The new statues, created local artist Michael Lam and on display throughout December, have drawn the ire of anti-gay groups in the city, citing the bank’s failure to protect family values.

Groups have launched a joint petition against the artworks, including Roger Wong who said that the statures are "causing annoyance to the feelings of many Hong Kong people as well as trampling on the existing family values".

The petition adds that the rainbow colours, symbolic of the LGBT community, are emasculating and deprive "all the strength and stamina of the original lions.”

HSBC is standing by its proud lions.

”Having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our millions of customers in Hong Kong and which draws on a wide range of perspectives makes us better able to serve the whole community," HSBC spokesman Adam Harper told AFP.

Billy Leung of the city's Pink Alliance told AFP that Hong Kong must "up its game" on rights. "Our Asian neighbors such as Japan, Taiwan and even Vietnam are considering not only prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination but also offering benefits to same-sex couples," said Leung. 

Hong Kong

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-12-11 09:27  
The more visible the opposition to LGBT discrimination, the better. Good on you, HSBC.
2. 2016-12-11 23:00  
gosh! debate!!

whatever next!!?? It's like people have different opinions!!!!

3. 2016-12-13 20:09  
You should not only identify /record anti-Gay by organization but more detail, for example :
who are anti-Gay ?
- Man/ women
- Education
- Religion/ belief
- Occupancy
- their career, how long
- race
- etc
these are to figure out more clear who are Gay enemy
4. 2016-12-13 21:13  
Gay should make more tests, who are anti-Gay ?
- for example Internet provider or Hand phone Card in Indonesia prohibit web site Gay-Content.
-We also should know food that is gay friendly
there must be food with stamp/label of Gay certification
Comment edited on 2016-12-13 21:16:38

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