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Monday, 05 January 1998

GAY CHINESE TO MEET IN HONG KONG

Australian Lesbian Club Discriminated Against a Man
Puerto Ricans Seek Support in Sodomy Law Challenge

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

 

GAY CHINESE TO MEET IN HONG KONG

Chinese tongzhi (gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people) will stage their second annual conference February 5-9 in Hong Kong.

Delegates are expected from China, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and several non-Asian nations.

Topics to be discussed include gender politics, racism, AIDS, tongzhi identity, coming out, and art and culture. There will be cultural performances, video screenings, book and information exhibits, hiking and a harbor cruise.

The location will be a beach on Lantau Island, about one hour by ferry from downtown Hong Kong. For more information, e-mail worldson@hkstar.com or phone or fax 011-852-8102-0169.

AUSSIE LESBIAN CLUB DISCRIMINATED AGAINST A MAN

The Equal Opportunity Tribunal in Sydney, Australia, has found that the now-closed lesbian club Sirens illegally ejected a customer because of his gender.

The women who owned the club, Jane Stephens and Christine Bradley, were ordered to apologize to banking executive Brett Halliwell, 32, but no other punishment was handed down.

Stephens and Bradley claimed Halliwell was kicked out because he did not pay the cover charge, pushed a bouncer and behaved aggressively, but the tribunal said his behavior was merely "assertive" and that he was removed because he is male.

Bradley told reporters after the ruling, "I think we'll apologize if we've hurt his feelings but I don't think I'll be apologizing for any of my actions because I don't think I did anything wrong."

PUERTO RICANS SEEK SUPPORT IN SODOMY-LAW CHALLENGE

Gay activists in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are seeking international support in their campaign to delete Penal Code Article 103 which bans gay sex.

The Coalition Against Article 103 and For Privacy Rights asks for letters to
(1) Senator Charlie Rodriguez
Presidente del Senado de Puerto Rico
El Capitolio
San Juan, PR 00901;

(2) Edison Misla Aldarondo
Presidente de la Camara de Representantes de Puerto Rico
El Capitolio
San Juan, PR 00901;

(3) Jorge Santini, Presidente
Comision de lo Jurdico Penal
Senado de Puerto Rico
El Capitolio
San Juan, PR 00901;

and

(4) Augusto Sanchez Fuentes
Presidente
Comision de lo Jurdico Penal
Camara de Representantes de Puerto Rico
El Capitolio
Apartado 9022228
San Juan, PR 00902.

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