|SCMA visits TWGHs hotline service centre for sexual minorities
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Patrick Nip, visited the hotline service centre for sexual minorities operated by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) today (February 12) to learn more about its services and operation.
PRIDE Line, a 24-hour hotline for sexual minorities operated by the TWGHs, was launched on January 27 this year. The hotline is manned by registered social workers with relevant experience and provides easily accessible support, counselling and follow-up services for sexual minorities and their families, as well as people perplexed by their sexual orientation and gender identity, with a view to relieving their stress and difficulties in everyday life. The hotline has rendered services to about 70 enquirers in the two weeks since its commencement.
"In our earlier review of support services for sexual minorities, we note that some sexual minorities are unable to access information on counselling and support services. The PRIDE hotline thus offers the much needed support to them. Furthermore, the TWGHs also sets up support groups and organises activities to assist sexual minorities and their families to face the difficulties and problems they encounter in their daily life," Mr Nip said.
"The Government is committed to fostering the culture and values of inclusiveness and mutual respect and promoting equal opportunities for people of different sexual orientation and gender identity. We have been actively following up on the recommendations and measures proposed by the Advisory Group on Eliminating Discrimination against Sexual Minorities. These include enhancing publicity to promote the message of 'eliminate discrimination, embrace inclusion' and calling on employers to adopt the Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation, reviewing support services, offering sensitivity training resources for personnel in specific fields such as social workers, healthcare professionals, human resources professionals and teachers, and drawing up a charter on non-discrimination of sexual minorities," he added.
Mr Nip paid tribute to the staff members of the hotline centre for their contribution and efforts and encouraged them to keep up the good work on the frontline by providing more useful support and services for sexual minorities.
The number of the PRIDE line is 2217 5959, and its facebook link is www.facebook.com/TWGHsPrideLine.
Ends/Monday, February 12, 2018
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