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HK migrants call for worker’s and LGBT rights in 3rd Migrant’s Pride March

| December 1, 2017

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LGBT organizations of foreign workers in Hong Kong, and supporters from among local groups and other migrant organizations held the Migrant’s Pride March throughout the streets of Central to call against discrimination and violence against foreign domestic workers in general, and LGBT migrants – mostly lesbian migrants – in particular.

Now on its third year, the Migrant’s Pride march attracted more than 400 participants from FDW and local LGBT groups and advocates.

With the theme “Pride with Integrity, Pride of Humanity”, the march according to the organizers aimed to highlight labor and social concerns of LGBT FDWs that they said perpetuate discrimination, exclusion and even violence against LGBT migrants.

“We are divested of our integrity not only as migrants, but, even more as lesbian migrants. We are victims of sexual abuses, exploitation and discrimination existing on our domestic environment compounded with racism. We are denied of our humanity on deprivation of our democratic rights and be recognized as workers,” said Nick Delfin, march organizer from the Filipino Lesbian Organization or FILO.

Delfin remarked that persisting policies such as the Two-Week Rule, mandatory live-in arrangement and exclusion of FDWs from important labor laws as the Statutory Minimum Wage put all FDWs in a condition vulnerable to abuses and exploitation.

“This vulnerability is doubled among us LGBT migrants as we face discrimination and stereotypes that impact on our work and living conditions,” Delfin remarked.

With banners calling to make HK a “migrant LGBT-friendly” city, Delfin said that such aspiration would not be possible if the basic condition of slavery and social exclusion of migrants is not addressed.

Among the major organizers of the HK Migrant’s Pride March included the worker’s group Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) and the Filipino women migrant’s alliance GABRIELA – Hong Kong.

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