Gay Country Rank: 74/193
Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality in 1991, and the age of consent between two males is 16. Same-sex marriages are not permitted, nor are overseas same-sex marriages officially recognised.
Whilst coming out to one’s own family or work colleagues as being gay is still a difficult thing for many Asian gay men, Hong Kong’s wider population generally accept the gay community.
The gay community continues to raise its profile through annual events such as the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
The gay scene is mostly focused the Central District entertainment zone (commonly referred to as Soho) on Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay District on Hong Kong Island and the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Kowloon. The most popular beach for gay sun seekers is Middle Bay Beach.