Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Mark 12:31)
And yet, on the issue of LGBTQ+ rights, Christians, churches and religious organisations in Hong Kong have a history of making outrageous comments against sexual minorities. They have claimed that same-sex marriage will led to adoption and hence human trafficking, and that “laws against discrimination on sexual orientation grounds would lead to reverse discrimination.”
At times, there are even personal and political consequences. Gay teachers have been banned from Christian schools, while Catholics have been urged to consider candidates’ stance on homosexuality when voting in the District Council elections.
The dedication and fervour with which individuals and groups run such campaigns perpetuates the idea that Christianity is incompatible with advocacy for sexual minority rights. But two young Christians have been working to change this from within the system, so as to send a clear message to both those in the institution and outside of it: that supporting LGBTQ+ rights and being a Christian are not mutually exclusive.