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    Legislators led 4,000 in Hong Kong Pride Parade


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     phyang81 photographed a pride parade in Hong Kong, on November 10. He says it is the largest event for LGBT community in Hong Kong. He says the atmosphere was jubilant, and more than 4000 people participated in the event. He says the event was led and supported by legislative councilors. He says the event was a good demonstration of tolerance. 'I believe in equal opportunity for all, and rights for the LGBT community are a human rights. Everyone should be treated equally and without discrimination or regard to sexual orientation,' he said.
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    Legislators led 4,000 in Hong Kong Pride Parade


    Hong Kong
    November 10, 2012


    by P H Yang Photography (phyang.org)


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    4,000 marched in the annual Pride Parade in Hong Kong, led by legislative councilors Cyd Ho, Gary Fan and openly-gay Raymond Chan, up from 2,500 last year, according to Connie Chan, chief director and spokesperson of the organizing committee.


    The parade was led by Legislative Councilors Gary Fan, Cyd Ho and openly-gay Raymond Chan plus ex-legislator Tanya Chan with artist/entertainer celebrities Wyman Wong, Hilary Tsui, Anthony Wong, Denise Ho and Alton Yu.


    The theme was "Dare to Love", and the parade held up and waving banners and rainbow flags marching from Victoria Park to Chater Garden in Central.


    More and more Chinese mainlanders joined in the event as Hong Kong is a much more liberal and freer society.


    Nong Zhijun, Liu Bangjie and friends from the Guizhou Blue group, of Guizhou province, China, dressed to the traditional costumes of Miao minority, support Hong Kong Pride Parade. Many more were from the neighboring Guangdong province.


    The highlight of the event as the surprise coming-out announcement by actress and singer Denise Ho Wan-sze at the Chater Garden stage.


    The marchers called for public debate on legislation to ensure equal  rights for people of all sexual orientation. A motion put by legislator  Cyd Ho last week on this issue was opposed by conservatives.

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