An advert featuring a same-sex couple that was banned by Hong Kong's metro and airport operators, and swiftly reinstated after widespread public criticism, has gone on display at MTR stations, sparking celebrations from the city's LGBT community.
But the row over the poster, which shows two men holding hands as they walk along a beach, is far from over, with one lawmaker expected to rail against the U-turn in a press conference on Sunday.
Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a pro-establishment legislator and City University of Hong Kong associate professor of law, is expected to complain that the MTR Corporation and Airport Authority had been put under "political pressure" to publish the advert.
Leung is also expected to say that the U-turn by the transport operators showed the gay rights movement was having a "chilling effect" across the city.
The academic will also use her position in the Legislative Council to push for protection for businesses, so they have the right not to display advertising they find offensive.
On Saturday, pro-gay rights group Big Love Alliance and some supporters gathered on the westbound platform of Central MTR station to celebrate the unveiling of one of the posters produced for Cathay Pacific Airways.
Former Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan, who showed her support, criticised Leung's stance.
"Discrimination against the LGBT community is not a right, I cannot emphasise this more," Ho said.
"People like Priscilla Leung, who dare to teach law at university and get enough votes to sit in Legco, have no idea about human rights or equality."
The rail operator started putting up the poster on Friday after initially blocking the advert, which it said could "offend against the generally accepted standards of public decency or the social or cultural standards of the society".
The posters appeared at Causeway Bay, Central, Admiralty, and Quarry Bay metro stations, and by Friday evening one had been spotted at Central, one of the busiest stations on the MTR network.
But, despite Cathay buying the entire eastbound platform advertising spots on the busier Island line, the advert was instead displayed at the far end of the westbound platform. By Saturday, the poster occupied three spots in the busier location.
The poster has yet to be displayed at the airport, and the alliance's chief campaigner Brian Leung Siu-fai said he hoped to see that happen "sooner or later".
Adverts for the LGBT-friendly Pink Dot event, and the Hong Kong Gay Pride Parade event, have previously been publicised without objection by the MTR Corp.
Betty Grisoni, the Pink Dot co-director, who joined the celebrations, said it was interesting the Cathay advert had been banned, and pointed out that the rail operator allowed other adverts that could offend.
"We also believe some MTR advertisements are offensive," she said. "I am not a prude, but some (adverts) have diversity issues or blame people who are overweight, so this was a wider censorship issue we couldn't let go."
Her co-director Abby Lee said the poster helped raise the profile of the LGBT community, and showed it was OK for same-sex couples to hold hands in public places such as the MTR, which was for everyone and "love is for everyone".
Also joining the celebration was Howard Chan Ho-wan, who appeared in the advert.
"It stirs some feelings in my heart," he said. "With such a big public response fighting back against the opposition, I find it touching and I thank people for that."
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