Panel Discussion Gay Marriage and Rainbow Families

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Fri, 04.12.2020


An accompany programme of "Queer as German Folk" Exhibition


In view of the current health situation and the updated government regulations, the discussion will be conducted via ZOOM on 4.12.2020 (Fri) from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The ZOOM link will be sent to all registered participants at 6:00pm on 3.12.2020 (Thu) when the registration closes.

Registration required:

To contribute to the ongoing movement in acknowledging and advocating equal rights for the LGBTQI* community, the Goethe-Institut presents a panel discussion on “Gay Marriage and Rainbow Families” by legal experts and rainbow family members at the Institut on December 4, 2020 (Fri) from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. With this talk, we would like to touch upon the legal framework as well as the joy and challenges of rainbow families in their daily lives.
Dr. Travis S.K. Kong, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, will give a brief introduction of the overall situation in Hong Kong over the past few decades and provide context to audience who are not familiar with the issue. Peter Reading, Senior Legal Counsel and member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, will give a short key note to overview the legal situation for same sex couples, with special regard to families. Dr Marty W. Forth from Rainbow Families of Hong Kong will introduce Rainbow Families of Hong Kong and share the joy and challenges of being a gay dad living in Hong Kong. Ilan Wong, Ass. Lawyer at Ropes & Gray, will comment on the legal framework in dealing with rainbow families in Hong Kong and share the joy and challenges of being a lesbian mother living in this city.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the discussion.

Peter Reading, Senior Legal Counsel, Equal Opportunities Commission
Dr. Marty W. Forth, Rainbow Families of Hong Kong
Ilan Wong, Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York)

Dr. Travis S.K. Kong, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, HKU

Peter Reading

   A leading international human rights lawyer with 18 years’ experience in conducting strategic advocacy, policy development and implementing campaigns on human rights issues in the United Kingdom, across Europe and Hong Kong to achieve change. Significant management experience, leading large teams of staff and as a Board member of several international and national NGOs in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Key achievements have included:
The introduction of improved protections of anti-discrimination laws in Hong Kong: at the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Hong Kong, I have successfully led the Discrimination Law Review to modernise all the existing discrimination laws in Hong Kong, managing all aspects of the project including drafting submissions to the Government, conducting a large scale public consultation, and collaborating with key stakeholders to secure change. Advocacy on LGBT peoples’ human rights in Hong Kong: at the EOC, Mr Reading has led the advocacy work on advancing LGBT peoples’ rights in Hong Kong, and worked closely with key stakeholders such as NGOs, the business sector, Consulates and academics to achieve change.

Dr. Marty W. Forth - PhD, RSW, LMSW
   Dr. Forth has worked for 20+ years in Canada, the USA and Asia as a social worker, non-profit manager and community leader creating and teaching about community programs for children, teens and family formation and maintenance. He currently resides in Hong Kong with his husband Patrick and their 10-year old son Grayson. Currently, Dr. Forth is an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Hong Kong, and is teaching and conducting research on leadership, experiential learning, and social work. Marty completed his PhD at the University of Hong Kong in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration in June 2020. His thesis research looks at the cultural, social and political issues impacting gay men’s desire and decision to become a parents in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Ilan Wong

   Ilan Wong is an associate in the asset management group of Ropes & Gray and a registered foreign lawyer in the Hong Kong office. She focuses her practice on the formation and operation of private investment funds and advising fund sponsors on fundraising, co-investment and regulatory issues. Ilan also has represented institutional investors in connection with investments in Asia-based private equity funds.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Ilan was an investment funds associate based in the Hong Kong office of a major international law firm.

Dr. Travis S.K. Kong

   Dr. Travis S.K. Kong is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. He teaches media and culture as well as gender and sexuality. His research expertise includes homosexuality, prostitution, and transnational Chinese sexualities. He is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (London: Routledge 2011) and《男男正傳︰香港年 長男同志口述史》(香港:進一步多媒體有限公司, 2014). Kong is the co-editor of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society (2013-). To date, his publications have appeared in international journals such as Urban Studies, The Sociological Review, British Journal of Criminology, Gender, Work & Organization, Qualitative Research, Culture, Health & Society, Body & Society, Lancet, and AIDS Care.