Activist Joshua Wong expressed his support for the legislation of a sexual orientation discrimination law on Wednesday after his father spoke out against LGBTQ equality in a magazine interview.

Wong’s father, Roger Wong, is the convenor of the anti-gay Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group. He was profiled by Next Magazine on Wednesday, speaking against the introduction of protections for the LGBTQ community.

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Roger Wong. Photo: Family School SODO Concern Group Facebook.

When asked about his son, Wong was quoted as saying that he will let him make up his own mind: “To a certain extent, this is only the position of his political party. [Joshua] himself has not said he supported legislation, and he doesn’t know what law it is! On some issues, he still hasn’t thought things through.”

Joshua Wong responded in a Wednesday evening Facebook post, which cited and shared the magazine article: “I support LGBTQ equality, and I support the legislation of a Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance. I understand very clearly what law is being discussed. It is not up to other people to judge whether I have understood it or thought it through,” Wong wrote.

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Joshua Wong. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Wong has publicly disagreed with his father on LGBTQ issues on multiple occasions. In 2016, Time magazine reported that Wong supported the legislation of a Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance. Demosistō, the political party that Wong co-founded and helps lead, also supports its legislation.


Roger Wong established the Family School SODO Concern Group in 2013, and has been actively campaigning on the issue since.

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Gay Pride Parade in Hong Kong in 2017. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

In its profile, Next Magazine described Wong as an iconoclast and compared him to the “tank man” who stood in front of the Chinese army tanks at the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Wong recently opposed the inclusion of LGBTQ-themed children’s books in public libraries, saying that they are “as bad as porn.”

Holmes Chan is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. He covers local news with a focus on law, politics, and social movements. He studied law and literature at the University of Hong Kong.