Hong Kong, 17 July 2018: Boase Cohen & Collins was proud to be the title sponsor of Pink Alliance's Evening of Solidarity to mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

IDAHOT has been commemorated internationally every year since 2004 to mark the anniversary of the removal of homosexuality from the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases. It is a global movement in which various groups are welcome to organise their own events. For this year’s IDAHOT, Pink Alliance organised the Evening of Solidary, as well as educational and art campaigns.

At the Evening of Solidarity, held in Tamar Park, trans activists shared their experiences of discrimination, which is still prevalent in Hong Kong, while there was a screening of Kaspar X, a powerful documentary by a local trans man about his relationship with his friends, family and faith.

“It is hoped that with more education and campaigns and, indeed, with the development of law in the protection of minority rights, such as the recent QT judgment, Hong Kong will become more accepting of gender and orientation diversity,” said BC&C Senior Partner Colin Cohen.

Earlier this month, the Court of Final Appeal handed down a landmark ruling in favour of a lesbian expatriate – known in court as QT – requiring immigration authorities to grant same-sex partners spousal visas previously available only to heterosexual couples.

The court’s unanimous decision against the Immigration Department means the marriage or civil union status of same-sex couples will be recognised in Hong Kong for the specific purpose of a dependent visa. However, the city’s definition of marriage, between a man and a woman, remains unchanged.