Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hong Kong billionaire dad offers $1 billion to any man.....

....who will marry his lesbian daughter.  It looks more like a bid to rebuke the daughter, not a serious endeavor to get her hitched.  (it takes two to tango, doesn't it?  And the glorious cosmopolitan place that is Hong Kong--where English (along with Chinese) is the official language--isn't exactly breeding ground for arranged marriages.)

(Gigi Chao, with unnamed dogs)

The daughter in question, Gigi Chao, seemed calmly defiant:  

"Respectfully, we can only be true to ourselves, communicate bravely and directly, and be patient. I am confident that we are on the right side of history, so, as they say, it gets better," she said.

"Honestly, I think recognising same-sex relationships is a good start for the lawmakers, instead of sweeping the issue under the carpet and pretending it doesn't exist, which is degrading."

Presently, Hong Kong does have a law banning gender discrimination, but it's not comprehensive: 

The Sex Discrimination Ordinance, enacted in 1995, offers protection in seven areas, including employment, education, housing and participation in government activities. However, while it covers discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status and pregnancy, it does not cover sexual preference.

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