This is an event recap and photo essay for the 4th Migrants’ Pride Hong Kong, organized by
- Organic Environmental Organization
The rest of the photos below follow the parade group as it went through the various check points in Central.
Once we emerged from the tunnel, we ran into the HSBC Community Festival, which I was disappointed to find taking up a central spot on the same day. HSBC had done a lot for diversity and inclusion movements, from sponsoring LGBT+ events, to inclusive benefits, to being the first bank in Hong Kong to work around all the legal issues to offer life insurance for same-sex partners as a product. I hope next year they plan their schedule a bit better to not compete for attention in public spaces on the same day as migrant workers and LGBT+ causes.
I was also heartened to find that some local folks were interviewing the marchers! I don’t know why, but I’m glad there was interest, as there was no local media interest or coverage. In contrast, the mainstream media reported on Pink Season, Pink Dot, and Hong Kong Pride this year.
Banners and decorations at the performance area were set up to greet the marchers as the march came to an end. Baneng was one of the MCs who greeted them and the organizers in turn welcomed all the organizations who took place. One of the benefits of being grassroots is that everyone can still fit to hear and watch everything that’s going on!
One last thought I wanted to leave off on was solidarity. Migrants Pride was born out of exclusion — the exclusion that individuals face as either LGBT+, an ethnic minority, and migrant worker, or all the above in a Han Chinese and expatriate controlled society. Hong Kong is still an incredibly discriminatory society for class, racial, gender, and sexual orientation. All the allies who did come were respectful and showed support with deference to the event. There were people from Taiwan who had come to support not only Hong Kong Pride, but Migrants Pride as well. LGBT+ migrants took the high road and welcomed allies (Chinese and expats) with grace.
For all the human rights hurdles and political squabbles in the Asia Pacific region, it’s everyday people who show that we can come together, irrespective of our communities and nationalities, to show compassion and solidarity for each other. A huge thanks to the migrant organizers from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Nepal who made this happen and set an example that Hong Kong can learn from.
Thanks for reading! If you have links to more migrant workers organizations that I should be adding, please message me!
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