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Gay Visibility and the Law in Hong Kong


This article draws on the ‘visual turn’ in legal studies to argue for the centrality of visibility in the analysis of the regulation of gay and lesbian identities, with a specific focus on Hong Kong. Part I gives an overview of the ways in which gay visibility operates within the cityscape of Hong Kong. Parts II and III then focus on the case of Cho Man Kit v. Broadcasting Authority to examine the ways in which questions of visibility emerge in the courtroom.

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Wan, M. Gay Visibility and the Law in Hong Kong. Int J Semiot Law 32, 699–712 (2019).

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  • Law and film
  • Law and visual culture
  • Gay rights
  • Freedom of expression
  • Documentary
  • Cho Man Kit
  • Hong Kong