Chinese attitudes towards sexual minorities in Hong Kong: Implications for mental health

Kan Diana KWOK, Keung Fai Joseph WU

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Intolerant attitudes and sexual prejudice against sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning/queer-LGBQ) has been a long-standing global concern. In this article, Chinese attitudes towards sexual minorities are examined with reference to the cultural context in Hong Kong, a place where the East has intermingled with the West for over a century. Chinese sexuality manifested in Hong Kong is a mix of Confucian ideology and Christian thought. Traditional Confucian values of xiao (filial piety) and conventional religious thoughts of Christianity together influence Chinese attitudes towards sexual minorities. Though many governmental policies have been put in place and numerous laws have been enacted to protect the human rights of underprivileged and disadvantaged groups over the past few decades, sexual minorities are frequently being excluded from most of these protections. In Hong Kong, sexual prejudice exists not only among the general public, but also among educators and mental health professionals. Thus, Chinese sexual minorities experience sexual prejudice and minority stress in Hong Kong under unique cultural circumstances. This calls for inclusive policies and an embracing attitude towards sexual minorities so their mental health will not suffer. Copyright © 2015 Institute of Psychiatry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-454
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Issue number5
Early online dateNov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Hong Kong
Mental Health
Sexual Minorities
Vulnerable Populations


Kwok, D. K., & Wu, J. (2015). Chinese attitudes towards sexual minorities in Hong Kong: Implications for mental health. International Review of Psychiatry, 27(5), 444-454.


  • Chinese
  • Hong Kong
  • Attitudes to sexual minorities
  • Sexual prejudice
  • Mental health