• Hong Kong's Pride parade in 2012. (AFP / Getty Images / Phillipe Lopez )
The theme this year was "naughty green".
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

28 Nov 2016 - 1:59 PM  UPDATED 28 Nov 2016 - 1:59 PM

The LGBT+ population of Hong Kong came out over the weekend for its annual Pride parade, with thousands ignoring the rain and wind to march and dance through the streets in the pursuit of equality.

Between 2,500 and 6,800 people attended the event, depending on whose numbers you believe. The city's police have said that 2,500 people were there, the event's organisers have reported that the much higher figure of 6,800.

Ray Chan - one of Hong Kong's first openly gay lawyers - said that “after decades, we still do not have anti-discrimination laws and marriage equality is still far away.”

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A spokesman for the rally said that they support equal rights, but that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Noting that he has many gay friends working in fields like teaching or in government positions who were unable to attend Pride out of fear they would have their orientation revealed to their employers, he added: “I hope that one day with our hard work, they can openly attend the pride parade”.

Attendees came from all over Hong Kong, but there were also people who had travelled from mainland China to show their support.

Steve Imrie, who traveled from the Chinese city of Guangzhou to be there, said: “We wanted to come and show support from mainland China.”

“Hong Kong should be much more forward-thinking than the rest of the country, so we are looking for Hong Kong to be allowing same-sex marriage, and China should follow it, hopefully.”

Hong Kong does not currently have marriage equality and has received criticism for lagging behind in its pursuit of LGBT+ rights.

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