Prof. Alfred Chan Cheung-Ming
Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission
Professor Alfred Chan has been Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) since April 2016. Since his appointment he has provided leadership on issues of advancing LGBT+ equality, using his position to ensure that LGBT+ equality remains a strategic priority area of work of the EOC; advocating for legislative and policy changes by the Government; as well as working closely with other key stakeholders.
Over the last five years, the EOC has made one of its strategic priority areas of work promoting equality for LGBT+ people in Hong Kong and Prof. Chan has strongly advocated for legislative and policy developments by the Government in three key areas: anti-discrimination legislation; equality for same sex couples; and gender recognition legislation for transgender people.
Following the publication of the landmark EOC study on introducing LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation in January 2016, in March 2017 Professor Chan led the EOC work on issuing a statement supported by 75 organisations, calling on the Government to implement the recommendations to introduce LGBT+ anti-discrimination legislation. This was the first time that a wide range of stakeholders, including many from the business sector, called for such legislation. In 2017, Professor Chan has also led a wide range of EOC work relating to gender recognition legislation for transgender people: including submissions to Government, as well as speaking at conferences.
In relation to engaging with stakeholders, Prof. Chan has ensured that he regularly engages with all the key stakeholders to demonstrate his and the EOC’s support on LGBT+ issues. This includes the Government, business sector, legal sector, NGOs, religious organisations, and the Media. Prof. Chan has spoken at the Out Leadership Asia Summit in 2016 and 2017, Pink Dot Hong Kong 2016-17, Pride Parade Hong Kong 2016-17, and other LGBT+ related international and local conferences.