Prism Award

JOANNE LEUNG

Joanne is the founder and chairperson of Transgender Resource Center as well as the former chairperson of Pink Alliance, two active non-governmental organizations that aim to serve the LGBT community and promote LGBT equality. She is a figure in the LGBT movement devoted to supporting works in the community as well as advocacy for LGBT rights in Hong Kong and Mainland China which has received numerous honors.

In 2012, Joanne started the first transgender HIV/AIDS programme in Hong Kong. She has also been featured as one of the “45 People Aged 45 or Below Making a Difference in Hong Kong” by Baccarat Magazine in 2012.

In 2013, Joanne became a committee member of the Advisory Group on Eliminating Discrimination against Sexual Minorities under the government body. In 2 years time together with other committee members, Joanne worked out an advisory report and offered many thoughtful opinions to the government regarding LGBT and sexual minorities issues which have been implemented now.

In 2014, Joanne introduced the Pink Dot initiated from Singapore to Hong Kong attracting over ten thousands people to participate every year while she was the vice chair of Pink Alliance. She also spoke twice as the Hong Kong delegation in UN CEDAW committee meeting in this year to raise the issues of transgender in Hong Kong. Later, she joined the Hong Kong Democratic Party as the first transgender politician in Council and received the “She Dare to Change” award from HER Fund.

In 2016, she founded a project named TransChina which aimed to bring trans people’s voice in China via tour public speaking and online videos to boost public awareness of transgender people in China. She also received the Annual LGBT Milestone Awards in the same year. In 2017, the U.S. Consulate Hong Kong and Macau selected Joanne as the nominee for the Secretary’s International Women of Courage Award honoring women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve others’ lives. She also published 4 books about transgender people, entitled “Gossip Boys and Girls” with an aim to boost Hong Kong people’s understanding of transsexual and transgender individuals.

She is currently taking lead on advocating Gender Recognition Ordinance (GRO) and Anti-Discrimination Ordinance (ADO) for the protection of sexual minorities in Hong Kong.