More than 2,000 people marched in Hong Kong's Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, the AFP reported.

The crowd marched through the city center demanding greater rights in what is considered one of the safest regions in Asia for LGBT people.

“We are here today because we want the society to know who we are and we hope they don't discriminate against the LGBT community,” Mic Au, a 21-year-old student, told the AFP.

“I hope the government will enact laws that ban discrimination against homosexuals, at workplace or at school,” she added.

While homosexuality was officially decriminalized in 1991, Hong Kong has not enacted laws barring discrimination against gay men and lesbians or recognizing the unions of gay couples. The military bans gay troops and there is no right to legally alter a person's gender.

However, activists at the parade said progress was being made.

“Hong Kong is much more progressive than the rest of Asia, the LGBT groups are getting more prominence here,” said Goki Muthusamy, who moved from Singapore to Hong Kong three months ago.