Male Homosexuality in Hong Kong: A 20-Year Review of Public Attitudes Towards Homosexuality and Experiences of Discrimination Self-Reported by Gay Men

  • Yiu Tung Suen
  • Miu Yin Wong


This chapter discusses the lives of gay men in Hong Kong, whose sexuality and desire have been subject to social as well as legal control. It locates the emergence of homosexuality in Hong Kong from previous perceptions as social and legal deviance through the colonial period. This chapter then provides a review of the dramatic changes in public attitudes towards homosexuality in Hong Kong, as documented by various surveys from 1995 to 2014. However, experiences of discrimination self-reported by gay men were still highly notable in the above period in different aspects of lives, with marked evidence in the domains of education and employment. Gay men in Hong Kong face particular challenges in coming out to their families, due to family biopolitics.


Sexual Orientation Sexual Harassment Sexual Minority Public Attitude Hegemonic Masculinity 
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  • Yiu Tung Suen
    • 1
  • Miu Yin Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

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