The Straits Times
Published on Sep 16, 2012

1st gay Hong Kong lawmaker seeks same-sex marriage


HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's first openly gay lawmaker is known as "Slow Beat" from his days as a disc jockey, but Mr Raymond Chan says there is nothing slow about his plans to reform the Asian banking hub.

Mr 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.