Date
20 October 2017
Raymond Chan files a complaint to the Equal Opportunities Commission against two women who insulted him on the MTR. Photo: Facebook
Raymond Chan files a complaint to the Equal Opportunities Commission against two women who insulted him on the MTR. Photo: Facebook

Raymond Chan files EOC complaint over gay slur

Legislator Raymond Chan Chi-chuen has lodged a complaint to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) regarding an incident last month in which he was verbally abused by two women on the MTR train over his sexual orientation, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Chan said since there is no law against sexual discrimination, he could only file a complaint regarding sexual harassment.

He said the incident, which happened during his MTR ride to Po Lam in the afternoon of May 31, was like a terror attack as the two women confronted him and used foul language to insult him about his sexual orientation.

He said the EOC promised to determine if a case could be made within a month’s time.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong-born journalist and broadcaster Michael Chugani said in his column in the South China Morning Post that while only bigots would condone the vulgar tauting of the gay legislator, the two women were entitled to free speech as there is no law in the city against non-violent hate talk.

Chugani said the two women had the right to tease Chan on the size of his genitals in the same way that some Hong Kong people refer to mainlanders as “locusts”.

He asked if the women would have bothered to taunt him “had he not made taunting a trademark of his behavior in the Legislative Council”.

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