Gender Studies Programme - Prof. SUEN Yiu Tung

 Professor Suen Yiu Tung Photo

SUEN Yiu Tung D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford; Swire Scholar 
Position: Associate Professor
Telephone: 3943 6624
Fax No.: 2603 7223
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Research Interest:  Sexualities, LGBT Issues, Gender, Social Policy, Law, Discrimination, Ageing, Health, HIV/AIDS

Yiu-tung SUEN (DPhil in Sociology, Swire Scholar, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford) is Associate Professor of Gender Studies, and of Public Health and Primary Care (by courtesy), at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received the Young Researcher Award (2020) of the CUHK, and Exemplary Teaching Award in the Faculty of Social Sciences (2022) of the CUHK, in recognition of excellence in research as well as teaching.


He is a leading researcher in Asia who researches the impact of sexual orientation and gender identity related laws and policies (and the lack thereof) on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minorities (LGBT+) people themselves, the organisations they work in, as well as the societies they live in. He founded and directs the Sexualities Research Programme, the first and foremost research programme in Hong Kong dedicated to studying LGBT+ related laws and social policies.

Since joining GDRS in 2016, he has published 20 first-authored SSCI articles, 2 first-authored SCIE articles, and 2 second-authored SSCI articles, many of which are in top international peer-reviewed journals. He sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (Sage), Ageing and Society (Cambridge University Press), Sociological Research Online (British Sociological Association and Sage), NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies (Taylor & Francis), and Journal of Men’s Studies (Sage). He has been a keynote speaker for 8 times since being an assistant professor at CUHK, in US at Harvard University and Yale University, in UK at University College London, University of Birmingham, University of Surrey, School of Oriental and African Studies, and in Asia at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He holds 4 General Research Fund projects of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong as Principal Investigator (2018–2020, 2019–2021, 2021–2022, 2023-24 exercises), achieving 100% success rate since joining Gender Studies of obtaining this research grant, for which the success rate is usually about 25–30%. Throughout his academic career he has won research funding of HKD 3.78 million/ USD 0.5 million in total as Principal Investigator, and HKD 19.2 million/ USD 2.5 million as Co-Investigator.

Outside academia, he has been a consultant and written reports for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and advised the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for their research. Locally, he led the largest-scale research in Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission’s history of commissioned research. He is Adviser and Past Vice-Chairperson of AIDS Concern Hong Kong, the first and longest-running non-governmental organisation working on HIV/AIDS issues in Hong Kong, in addition to giving advice to organisations from numerous sectors on diversity and inclusion informally. Besides, he frequently addresses a wide range of audiences including policy makers, business leaders, lawyers, healthcare professionals, and service providers. He has also been working with a variety of sectors as diverse as business, law, hospitality, fashion and more. Moreover, he has been interviewed by international media outlets such as the AFP, BBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times, Reuters, and Washington Post for his research. His research was featured by South China Morning Post as their lead story on page A1. Op-eds have been published in the Guardian, South China Morning Post, China Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal, and Ming Pao among other diverse outlets.



Referred Journal Articles 


Suen, YT (accepted). A Qualitative Study of Older People Living with HIV in Hong Kong: Resilience through Downward Comparison amidst Limited Social Support. Journal of Aging Studies.

Chan, RCH and Suen, YT (accepted). Effects of identity disclosure on school victimization and long-term educational outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex students in China. Journal of School Psychology.

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted). Relationship between Religion and Public Attitudes toward Same-Sex Marriage: Examining the role of Traditional Chinese Religions through a Case Study of Hong Kong. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted). Sex Conservatism, Internalized Homonegativity, PrEP Stigma and PrEP Uptake: A Study of Chinese-speaking Gay and Bisexual Male Youth in Hong Kong. AIDS Education and Prevention

Chan, RCH, Suen, YT, and Wong, EMY (accepted). Concerns about a Child’s Sexual Orientation among Parents of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Children in Chinese Families and their Association with Mental Health. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted). Association between Co-residence and Loneliness during COVID-19 among Sexual Minority People in Hong Kong. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Suen, YT, Wong, EMY and Chan, RCH (accepted). COVID-19 and sexual minority individuals: Inductive thematic analysis of Chinese-speaking lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s experiences of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters.

Suen, YT (accepted). Ageing non-heterosexual migrants: Towards global sexual citizenship. Journal of Aging Studies.

Suen, YT and Chidgey, A (accepted). Disruption of HIV service provision and response in Hong Kong during COVID-19: Issues of privacy and space. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care.

Suen, YT, Wong, EMY and Chan, RCH (accepted). Chinese lesbian and gay adults’ self-reported experiences of negative treatment and violence from family of origin: Evidence from a larger-scale study in China. Journal of Family Issues.

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted). Rural-urban sexual divide in China: Quantitative evidence on comparing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in rural and urban China. The China Review. 

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted) Heterogeneity in the desire to undergo various gender-affirming medical interventions among transgender people in Hong Kong: Findings from a community-driven survey and implications for the legal gender recognition debate. Archives of Sexual Behavior(5-year IF 3.458, 8/99, top 8 % journal, Social Science Interdisciplinary SSCI)

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted) An exploratory study of factors associated with difficulties in accessing HIV services during COVID-19 among Chinese gay and bisexual men in Hong Kong. International Journal of Infectious Diseases (5-year IF: 3.315, 31/85, Top 36%, SCIE Infectious Diseases)

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted) To have or not to have sex? COVID-19 and sexual activity among Chinese-speaking gay and bisexual men in Hong Kong. Journal of Sexual Medicine. (5-year IF: 3.754, 16/78, Top 20%, SCIE Urology and Nephrology)

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (published online ahead of print) Effects of general and sexual minority-specific COVID-19-related stressors on the mental health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Hong Kong. Psychiatry Research. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113365 (5-year IF: 2.474, 67/140, Top 48%, SSCI Psychiatry)

Suen, YT, and Chan, CH (published online ahead of print) Relationship between religion and non-heterosexuality: A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual people of diverse religions in China. The Journal of Sex Research. (5-year IF 4.213, 3/99, top 3 % journal, Social Science Interdisciplinary SSCI) 

Suen, YT, Chan CH and Badgett, L. (published online ahead of print) Experiences of China’s gender and sexual minorities in employment: Evidence from the largest scale quantitative survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in China to date. The China Quarterly. (5-year IF: 2.923, 1/71, Top 1%, Top journal, SSCI Area Studies)

Suen, YT (published online ahead of print) Sexual minority expatriates as agent of change? How foreign same-sex couple won the recognition of same-sex relationship for immigration purposes in Hong Kong. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies(5-year IF: 3.172, 1/17, Top 1%, Top journal, SSCI Ethnic Studies)

Suen, YT, and Chan, RCH (published online ahead of print) 'Gay brain drain': Hong Kong LGB people’s consideration of emigration because of non-inclusive social policies. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. doi: 10.1007/s13178-020-00497-z (5-year IF: 2.269, 26/98, Top 27%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary) 

Suen, YT and Chan, CH. (accepted) A nationwide cross-sectional study of 15,611 lesbian, gay and bisexual people in China: disclosure of sexual orientation and experiences of negative treatment in health care. International Journal for Equity in Health. (5-year IF: 2.988, 33/158, Top 20%, SSCI Public, Environmental and Occupational Health)

Suen, YT (accepted) ‘I have not experienced discrimination and have nothing to contribute to your research on sexual orientation discrimination!’ Understanding why some LGBTI people won’t tell and can’t tell sexual orientation discrimination narratives. Journal of Homosexuality. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (accepted) Older gay men in Hong Kong and later life concerns: identities matter? Sexualities. (5-year IF: 2.026, 63/144, Top 44%, SSCI Sociology)

Suen, YT and Chan, CH (accepted) Prevalence and risk and protective factors associated with HIV-related behavior among transgender people in Hong Kong. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.

Suen, YT (accepted) Older Gay Men’s Desire for Younger Men: Nuances, Reasons and Ambivalences. Journal of Homosexuality. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (2017) Challenging the “majority support” argument on not introducing an antidiscrimination legislation on the ground of sexual orientation in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Law Journal 47(2): 421-444.(5-year IF: 0.274, 131/141, Top 93%, SSCI Law)

Suen, YT, Chan CH, and Wong MY (2017) Mental health of transgender people in Hong Kong. Journal of Homosexuality. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (2016) Older single gay men’s body talk: resisting and rigidifying the ageing discourse in the gay community. Journal of Homosexuality 63(3): 397-414. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (2015) Methodological reflections on researching lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) university students in Hong Kong: to what extent are they vulnerable interview subjects? Higher Education Research & Development: Special issue on ‘Queering the Academy’ 34(4): 722-734. (5-year IF: 2.450, 66/233, Top 28%, SSCI Education and Educational Research)

Suen, YT (2015) What’s gay about being single? A qualitative study of the lived experiences of older single gay men. Sociological Research Online 20(3): 7. (5-year IF: 1.366, 90/144, Top 63%, SSCI Sociology)

Suen, YT (2015) ‘To date or not to date, that is the question: Older single gay men’s considerations about dating’ Sexual and Relationship Therapy: Special issue on ‘Sexuality and Aging’ 30(1): 143-155. (5-year IF: 1.372, 90/124, Top 73%, SSCI Psychology, Clinical)

Suen, YT (2012) Homeshare programme – Critical reflections. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 10(2): 184-189.

Cohen, J..and Suen, YT (2012) Taking stock: Exploring trends in the field of men’s studies through a content analysis of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) Annual Conference programs 1993-2011. Journal of Men’s Studies 20(1):73-83.

Suen, YT (2011) Do older women or older men report worse health? - Questioning the “sicker” older women assumption through a period and cohort analysis. Social Theory & Health 9: 71-86. (5-year IF: 1.457, 31/44, Top 70%, SSCI Social Science, Biomedical)


Refereed book chapters

Suen, YT and Wong, MY (2016) ‘Male homosexuality in Hong Kong: a 20-year review of public attitudes towards homosexuality and experiences of discrimination self-reported by gay men’ in Lin, X. Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (eds.), East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Suen YT (2015) ‘Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing’ in Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology, p. 226-233. London: Routledge.

Westwood, S, King, A, Almack, K, Suen, YT and Bailey, L (2014) ‘Good Practice in Health and Social Care Provision for Older LGBT people’ in Fish. J. and Karban, K. (eds.), Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives, p. 145-158. Bristol: Policy Press.



Suen, YT (2018) LGBTI People and Employment: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics in China, the Philippines and Thailand. (90pp.). United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization.

Suen, YT, Wong W. C. et al (2016). Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status. Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission. (243pp.)


Co-edited Book

King, A, Almack, K., Suen, YT and Westwood, S (2019) Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Adults: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. London: Routledge.

Administrative Duties

Associate Director

●Gender Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Founding Director

●Sexualities Research Programme, Gender Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor (by courtesy)

●Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care


●Task Force on Education and Training, Committee Against Sexual Harassment

Community and Professional Service

Associate Editorial Board

●Sociological Research Online

Editorial Board

●Journal of Men's Studies

Vice-Chairperson, Board of Directors

●AIDS Concern Hong Kong