Carrie Lam eager to hear others' views on gay games

Local | 14 Nov 2017 1:24 pm

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor again failed to muster much enthusiasm over Hong Kong's successful bid to host the 2022 Gay Games, saying the government also has to take heed of the opinions of "the rest of the community.''

Hong Kong will become the first city in Asia to stage the event, which dates back to 1982, after fighting off rival bids from Washington DC and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Since that decision at the end of October, Lam and her administration merely "noted" the news, but did not offer any words of congratulation. Neither did the authorities pledge to support the event, which are expected to attract some 15,000 participants.

Before today's Executive Council meeting, Lam was asked how Hong Kong can claim to be an inclusive place if the government refuses to welcome such an event.

"We have the Equal Opportunities Commission and all the necessary institutions in place. But I think we have to also listen to the opinion and views and sentiments of the rest of the community," Lam responded. "I can assure you that we continue to be a very inclusive society," she added.-RTHK

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