British bank HSBC is standing by two rainbow lions it installed outside its headquarters in Hong Kong which have riled family groups.

The colorful lions are a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and are to be on display throughout December.

Anti-LGBT activist Roger Wong organized a petition calling on the bank to remove the lions, which he described as “disgusting.”

The statues are “causing annoyance to the feelings of many Hong Kong people as well as trampling on the existing family values,” Wong's petition states.

HSBC said that it would not cut short the installation – part of the bank's Celebrate Pride, Celebrate Unity campaign – pointing to reaction on Facebook, which it described as “overwhelmingly” positive.