‘Everyone needs a place’: Gay couple fights for Hong Kong public housing

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08/02/2019

Like many young married couples in Hong Kong, Nick Infinger and his partner struggled to find a home they could afford. So last year, they applied for a public housing flat and prepared for the long wait. But within months, the Hong Kong Housing Authority rejected their application under the “ordinary family” category, citing a dictionary definition of husband and wife that Infinger and his husband did not meet. “Everyone needs a place to live,” said Infinger, 26, who is challenging the decision in court, calling it unconstitutional under the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution, and against the Bill of Rights, which guarantees equal rights to men and women. “Housing rights are important to same-sex couples, too. I wish to claim that right for all same-sex couples in Hong Kong,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation over email. Infinger’s case is the latest in a series of legal challenges against discrimination of LGBT+ people in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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