IDAHOT 2013

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If there's one LGBT awareness event that acaptures the hearts and minds of people across the world, it's IDAHOT. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is a global event designed to raise awareness about discrimination and the importance of LGBT rights.

Hong Kong's ninth annual IDAHOT hits the streets on Sunday May 12. Last year it was held in Chater Garden, Central, although this time it's going back to its original roots in a spot behind the Sogo store in Causeway Bay. This year's theme focuses on injustice. After last year's government rejection of a public consultation for sexual minority rights in our city, LGBT activists are hailing the banner of 'injustice' higher than ever.

The reason for the change of venue this year, according to chairman of the Pink Alliance, Reggie Ho, is to hold IDAHOT 'in a more highly populated pedestrian zone'. "We hope that our lineup of guests can attract passersby to actually stay and participate in the event," he says. "That's what we are hoping to achieve."

This year, opening the event is the new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, York Chow Yat-ngok (find our interview with him at timeout.com.hk), who – maybe surprising to some – has been supportive of LGBT rights in the city of late.

Following York is a performance by pioneering gay activist singer Anthony Wong. Then there's a speech by legislator Claudia Mo, a performance by vocal group C Allstar, a standup comedy performance by Ray Chan and his former radio partner Tam Tak-chi.

So there's plenty of colourful fun to be had as well as the usual serious messages. And speaking of colour, rainbow umbrellas are handed out so participants can open them up and block out the 'clouds of injustice and adversity' which may be looming overhead… Arthur Tam

IDAHOT May 12, 3pm-5pm, E.Point Rd near Sogo, Causeway Bay; tcjm.org.

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