Gigi Chao, the executive director of luxury property development company Cheuk Nang, has published an open letter asking her father to accept her for who she is.
Her father Cecil Chao Sze-tsung made the headlines of newspapers across countries in September 2012. He offered a reward to the man who could make his daughter marry him. He even doubled the offer to HK $1billion (approximately Php6,807,863,186.65) after the first 20,000 men failed to do the task.
Gigi Chao was already in a civil partnership with her female partner, Sean Eav, when her father did this.
Her father couldn’t accept her for who she really is. In an interview with a Malaysian magazine, Cecil said that it is not too late to change his daughter’s mind on her sexuality. He said, “I don’t want to interfere with my daughter’s private life. I only hope for her to have a good marriage and children as well as inherit my business.”
Ms. Chao wrote her father a letter which was published by two Hong Kong newspapers. She said that she understood how it may be hard for her father to understand and accept that she is in love with a woman, but that it would mean everything to her if her father would treat her partner “like a normal, dignified human being.”
“I do love my partner Sean, 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. She is a large part of my life, and I am a better person because of her. I’m sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong. There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me,” she wrote.
In an interview with The Times, she said, “Since Dad thinks it’s so easy for me to switch from gay to straight, I should just leave it for him to demonstrate. I think I’ll marry a man when he marries a man.”
She had been receiving phone calls from would-be suitors asking her to marry them so that they could be billionaires. She was suddenly thrown on the spotlight because of what her father did.
“Hong Kong is horrible at accepting and welcoming diversity,” she said. This made it harder for her to deal with the effects of her father’s bounty.
Gigi Chao is an LGBT activist. She is also involved in Big Love Alliance, a gay rights group that lobbies the government to pass anti-discrimination legislation.