Get Up, Stand Up,
Stand up for your Rights
We started PLUG in 2013 as a magazine and events organizer for the LGBT+ community. We embedded ourselves, networked with a lot of amazing groups, got woke, and sought out advocates. You could say we plugged right in and haven’t stopped writing stories or running events. Since then, we’ve developed a clear mission for PLUG based on the knowledge and experience we gained.
We’re rallying allies that advocate for Hong Kong’s queer community to benefit the whole city, because we all rise by lifting others.
Will you stand up with us for these rights?
Sexual Education in Schools
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. We need to equip our youth with age- and culturally appropriate sexual health information in a safe environment. Research proves effective sex ed reduces sexual risk-taking and better prepares individuals for navigating their own sexuality and identity.
LGBT+ Community Centers
There is no LGBT+ focused community center with stable funding from the government for sexual minorities at risk of neglect, discrimination, harassment or violence. This crucial work is left to groups and individuals desperately trying to fill the gap, which is no easy task in a city full of communities in need.
In 2018, the law still does not protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. This also means that there is no legal process to follow if someone has been the victim of this type of discrimination. In addition to obvious legal protection from discrimination, studies have shown introducing such legislation has a positive knock-on effect on other issues for sexual minorities, like curbing rising HIV rates.
Progress was made this year towards equal rights for same-sex couples with the provision of dependent visas. But same-sex couples are still not treated as equal- our marriages are invalidated, our adoptions are prohibited, our families are excluded, our love is questioned. Surveys prove that public sentiment towards same-sex marriage rights has shifted in recent years, and the majority of people support equality in this respect.
Most people think
Great God will come from the skies
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth
You will look for yours on earth
And now you see the light
You stand up for your rights. Jah!
Get up, stand up,
Stand up for your rights!
– Bob Marley