Veteran gay rights campaigner Tommy Chen claims to have founded the “first LGBT community centre in Asia” while fresh out of university in 1998. Now, as Rainbow Action Hong Kong nears its 20th anniversary, much has changed for Hong Kong’s small but significant LGBT population. “Discrimination against LGBT people was very serious, especially 20 years ago. In the news, there was no coverage of LGBT topics outside HIV and cruising in public toilets,” Chen says. As a result, Chen became determined to challenge negative stereotypes of LGBT people in society. After setting up Rainbow Action with two close friends, the three activists decided to come out publicly to the media – a remarkable move at the time.
January 13 / South China Morning POst