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Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker to push for marriage equality

Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker Raymond Chan announced that he will push for the legalization of gay marriage in the former British colony.

AFP has the story:

Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker is known as “Slow Beat” from his days as a disc jockey, but Raymond Chan says there is nothing slow about his plans to reform the Asian banking hub.

Chan publicly revealed his sexuality only after winning a seat in the former British colony’s legislature last weekend, as a representative of the radically pro-democracy People Power party.

He said he plans to use the four-year term of the 70-seat assembly to push for full democracy and the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the socially conservative southern Chinese city.

“If I can’t fight for my own rights, how can I help the oppressed and the underdogs?” the 40-year-old told AFP, wearing a suave sky blue shirt and beige khaki pants.

“As a lawmaker — whether I like a man or a woman — it doesn’t affect my capability or my political ideologies.”

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