Target: Gigi Chao, daughter of Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao
Goal: Commend Gigi Chao for standing up to her homophobic father in a public letter
Billionaire tycoon and homophobe Cecil Chao of Hong Kong made headlines after he declared a public proposal offering $65 million dollars to any eligible bachelor willing to ‘turn his daughter straight’ after learning that she’d eloped with her longtime partner in France. Cecil recently doubled the amount to a staggering $130 million after Gigi Chao stated “I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive…”
Nearly 20,000 men responded to Cecil Chao’s offer, but were unsuccessful in their efforts to court the publicly out and proud lesbian. Cecil has went on to say that he wouldn’t force his daughter to marry a man but would prefer if she considered tradition — having grandchildren and dating a suitable man from Hong Kong. Gigi Chao is currently married to Sean Eav, her partner of nine years and whom she publicly describes as the person who “…does a good job of looking after me, ensuring I am fed, bathed and warm enough every day, and generally cheering me up to be a happy, jolly girl…”
In Gigi Chao’s letter to her father she declares that her heart is occupied and that her love is not for sale, stating that partner Sean Eav is a large part of her life and pleading with her father to “…not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being…” The open letter, released through The South China Morning Post, goes on to recount Gigi’s uncomfortable experiences with dating men in the past and her struggle to accept her orientation among the impending scrutiny of her narrow-minded and traditional upbringing.
The heartwarming letter also expresses her love and respect for her father but also her unwavering devotion to her wife as she proclaims “…I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out who I am, what is important in my life, who I love and how best to live life…I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way…”
Homosexuality is legal in Hong Kong and in recent years increased awareness and tolerance for LGBT people under The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance marks a progressive trajectory for the country. However, Cecil Chao is a prime example of the ways in which tradition can influence ignorance and stagnate acceptance. By signing this petition you’ll commend Gigi Chao for her subtle but poignant addressing of her homophobic father’s ridiculous proposal.
Dear Gigi Chao,
The open letter you released publicly to your homophobic father was nothing short of spectacular as you proclaimed your love and devotion to your partner, Sean Eav, and how happy you are living life on your own terms — unfazed by the deplorable actions of the thousands of would-be suitors convinced that they had the ‘power’ to change your sexual orientation.
In the face of all the adversity you remained poised, graceful and firm and as a global LGBT supporter I am thoroughly impressed by your actions. You are truly an inspiration to other lesbians and to women across the globe who fall victim to inequalities and intolerance because of who they are.
Thank you for your fierce activism and I wish you and Sean Eav much success and love in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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