Thousands poured into the streets of Hong Kong Saturday to take part in the annual Hong Kong Pride parade. The celebration organizers cited 6,800 participants, all of whom demand greater acceptance, inclusion, more rights, and an end to discrimination.

Among the 6,800 were city lawmakers who said they will raise the topic of equal rights in parliament, at least opening a discussion leading to the end of Hong Kong’s draconian laws carrying a maximum sentence of life for homosexuality. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1991, but the laws remain on the books.

Hong Kong still has not passed laws banning discrimination of members of the LGBT community, and same sex marriage is not permitted. Many other Asia Hubs have already passed resolutions allowing Same-Sex marriage, and anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people.

Hong Kong’s government is partially independent, it’s legislative, executive, and judiciary bodies exist outside of China, while it’s legislative body resides within the Chinese Government. The protestors are demanding that the autonomous portion of Hong Kong’s government “step up” to enact more pro-LGBT laws, and strike down those laws that limit full equality.

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