Impact

Law & Social Policy

Research 

That Changes 

Minds And Lives. 

That is the kind of research that the Sexualities Research Programme undertakes.

Central to the mission of the Sexualities Research Programme is the idea that our research should have an impact beyond academia. The Programme’s work aims for the highest intellectual quality, but it does not end there; we work with law and policy makers, service providers, business and legal sectors, the non-governmental sector, and others to address the implications of gender and sexual diversity.

 

Besides being published in reputable academic outlets, the Sexualities Research Programme’s research has been presented at the Legislative Council, cited in judicial review cases in the Hong Kong court, widely cited in the media, as well as disseminated to policy makers, service providers, business and legal sectors, among others.

At the global level, the Sexualities Research Programme has worked closely with the United Nations Development Programme. It has provided commentary for international media outlets such as the BBC and Bloomberg, as well as having its op-ed published in the Guardian.

 

The Sexualities Research Programme is an important source of knowledge, expertise and research for government, policy makers, business leaders, lawyers, health care professionals, service providers, secondary school and university students, and social activists, both locally, regionally and internationally.

The Sexualities Research Programme’s research has been presented at the Legislative Council, cited in judicial review cases in the Hong Kong court, as well as disseminated to policy makers, and legal sectors.

 

For examples, research from the programme has been presented by Dr Chow, the then Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, to the Panel on Constitutional Affairs at the Legislative Council, and Prof Suen has presented his research older people living with HIV to the Panel on Health Services at the Legislative Council.

 

The Sexualities Research Programme also provides timely responses to legal debates on LGBT+ issues. For example, following the ruling and observations made by the Court of Final Appeal in the case of W v Registrar of Marriages, the Hong Kong Government set up the Inter-departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition (IWGGR) and the IWGGR issued a public consultation paper on Part 1: Gender Recognition on 23 June 2017. The Sexualities Research Programme and the United Nations Development Programme co-hosted a Multi-Country Roundtable on Legal Gender Recognition on 19-20 October 2017 with government, civil society and NHRI participants from Hong Kong, Thailand and Viet Nam (all three jurisdictions in the process of developing a trans law).

 

The Sexualities Research Programme also co-hosted a conference on ‘Balancing LGBT and Religious Rights in Europe and Hong Kong’ with the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macau on 28 November 2016.

 

Prof Suen led the statement issued by the EOC and the Gender Research Centre of the CUHK calling on the Government to introduce LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation in Hong Kong. The statement was supported by 75 other entities. These are from a wide range of sectors in Hong Kong society including many large multinational financial institutions; diverse companies in the business sector ranging from one of largest global technology company to a well known local retailer; a large chamber of commerce and regional trade organisation; local and international law firms and legal organisations; local and international non-governmental organisations working on protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; and several religious groups.

 

In addition to the 75 organisations that supported the statement, the Hong Kong Bar Association which represents all the over 1300 practising barristers in Hong Kong also issued a statement to support the call.  

 

Prof. Suen is frequently invited to speak at different law firms.

 

 

Law &

Social Policy 

 

Business 

 

Prof. Suen is frequently invited to share his research with the business community. He has been an invited speaker at events organized by the British Chamber of Commerce, Community Business, Out Leadership, Out and Equal, Reaching Out MBA, among others. He has addressed staff members at numerous firms such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Freewheel, Freshfields, Moody’s, Nomura, State Street, etc.

 

The Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status was widely recognized by the business community and won the Community Business LGBT Advocacy Award 2016.

 

Prof Suen serves on the research advisory board of Open for Business.

Prof Suen led the statement issued by the EOC and the Gender Research Centre of the CUHK calling on the Government to introduce LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation in Hong Kong. The statement was supported by 75 other entities. These are from a wide range of sectors in Hong Kong society including many large multinational financial institutions; diverse companies in the business sector ranging from one of largest global technology company to a well known local retailer; a large chamber of commerce and regional trade organisation; local and international law firms and legal organisations; local and international non-governmental organisations working on protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; and several religious groups.

 

 

 
 

Media Coverage

​City Forum

Guardian

12 Nov 2017 

Hong Kong has the 2022 Gay Games. Life for China’s LGBTI people may improve at last

RTHK 

RTHK News Wrap(8 Jun 2017)

RTHK The Pulse (22 Apr 2016)

RTHK We Are Family (21 May 2016)

26 Nov 2017 

Whether a Gender Recognition System should be Established? 

South China

Morning Post

27 Feb 2017,

9 Jan 2017,

18 Apr 2016,

27 Jan 2016

Time Out Hong Kong

26 Nov 2016 

Interview: Sexuality studies expert Dr Suen Yiu-tung on LGB-friendly Hong Kong businesses 

NowTV 

23 Dec 2017

Legal Gender Recognition

Mingpao

TVB

iNews Channel 

TVB Pearl 

Gay Star News

Topick-HKET 

EJ Insight On the pulse

China Daily Asia 

Commercial Radio

Apple Daily

AM730

Headline Daily

Hong Kong Economic Journal

Hong Kong Economic Times

Metro Daily

Oriental Daily

Hong Kong

In-media

Sing Tao Daily

The Sun

HKCable TV

Hong Kong Free Press

 

Connecting

the global and the local

The Sexualities Research Progrmame's  research has been presented in: (2016-Present)

  • United States 

  • The United Kingdom 

  • Taiwan 

  • Singapore

  • Thailand 

  • China

  • Cambodia

Scholars/ practitioners/ community members from the following locales have presented in SRP events

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Bangladesh

  • Cambodia

  • Canada

  • China

  • Dominican Republic 

  • Ireland

  • Jamaica

  • New Zealand

  • Panama

  • Philippines

  • Republic of Fiji

  • Singapore

  • South Africa

  • Sri Lanka

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Timor-Leste

  • Turkey

  • The United Kingdom

  • United States

  • Vietnam

 

Contact Us  

Email: sexualitiesresearch@cuhk.edu.hk
Address: Room 250, 2nd Floor, Sino Building, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

Website design: Eliz Wong

 

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