Real-life discrimination against sexual minorities will be the subject of a government study in a renewed attempt to introduce legislation, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) will collect actual discrimination cases in the first phase of the study which includes three public forums and 10 focus group discussions, Ferrick Chu, head of the policy and research unit, was quoted as saying.
The first public forum, which takes place by the end of next month, is expected to draw 400 people.
Chu said legal experts and religious groups will be asked to give their views in the focus group discussions. Specific opinions will be collected from more than 1,000 residents for this round of study.
The study will be conducted by the Gender Research Center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and will mainly focus on whether sexual minorities face discrimination in employment, education and training, social interaction, public access and others.
However, it will not touch on same-sex marriage.
Hong Kong people have strongly opposed any legislation on sex discrimination. When the Home Affairs Bureau appointed a working team to study legislation in 2005, tens of thousands of people from more than 300 groups published petitions in newspapers to oppose the move.
Chu said the new study will be a difficult task but understanding real-life cases can help Hong Kong people respond to the needs of sexual minorities more positively, the report said.
The EOC expects to complete a report early next year and submit it to the Advisory Group on Eliminating Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau.
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