Above: Anthony Wong, Hilary Tsui, Denise Ho, and Wyman Wong march in gay pride parade.
Hong Kong pop singer, Denise Ho (何韻詩) finally admitted that she is a lesbian, after speculations about her sexuality were rampant for many years.
In the past, Denise has sung many songs about the love of same-sex couples, such as Lawrence and Lewis < 勞斯．萊斯 > and Goodbye, Rosemary < 再見…露絲瑪莉 >. She has also starred in a gay-themed musical, Butterfly Lovers < 梁祝下世傳奇 >. There were rumors circulating about her sexuality–especially during Denise’s rumored breakup with Joey Yung (容祖兒) earlier this year–but she has never addressed these rumors until today.
Denise Wishes to Fight for Gay Rights
In the past, Denise felt that her sexual orientation is a private matter, but now believes she can add her voice to give a bit of boost to the fight for equal rights in Hong Kong. Therefore, she decided to come out as gay during her first appearance in the Hong Kong pride parade.
“I am proud to say that I am a ‘tongzhi’” Denise exclaimed loudly before a cheering crowd. Denise referred to ‘tongzhi,’ the Chinese slang for gay people.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Dare to Love”. The participants in the parade include a few members of Legislative Council such as Gary Fan (范國威), Raymond Chan (陳志全), and Cyd Ho (何秀蘭). Denise’s good friends, Anthony Wong (黃耀明), Hilary Tsui (徐濠縈), Wyman Wong (黃偉文), Edmond Leung’s (梁漢文) wife, Karen, and even her own parents were there to support her announcement.
Amidst the cheers of 4,000 parade attendees, Denise said, “I have an obligation, a duty to stand forward for the sake of love and peace. I am officially coming out as ‘tongzhi’.” The crowds cheered for her and all her friends came up on stage to give her support.
Denise addressed the media after her big announcement. She mentioned that she told the executives at her record company, friends and family the day before the parade. Her biggest concern was her company and her career. Denise said, “We don’t know how inclusive and progressive society is, so high profile public figures like us to have to test the waters.”
After receiving approval and support from her colleagues, friends and family, Denise ultimately decided to throw all her concerns aside and fight for the road to equality.
Denise’s Passionate Declaration
Following disclosure of her sexuality, Denise detailed in her Weibo blog the myriad feelings inside her. She brimmed with excitement towards the overall public support, while hoping to change existing discriminatory attitudes towards gay people.
“The current me, still has not gone to sleep. I am filled with a myriad of feelings.
“I am very fortunate to be living in such an open society, to receive the support from many good friends. I am almost surrounded entirely by positive reactions. I am moved and grateful, but I will remind myself to not be swept away by one moment of happiness.
“A bigger mission looms ahead, in which I will forge with greater effort. I will put more heart; the current me no longer represents myself only, but to take a step forward for all of us and to advocate for the progress of society.
“The person that I am today versus yesterday is not any different. The only difference is that I have a bigger mission. At this time, we must let everyone know that the label of ‘tongzhi’ is only a small part of ourselves. Before this identity, we can also assume many outstanding roles in society.
“Others may remark upon my decision today in the following manner, ‘We already knew early on; what’s the big deal?’ Or perhaps others may question whether there is a motive for this disclosure. This attitude may only emerge in our odd-shaped society. In the end, all of this is unimportant. If you do not understand my disclosure, I will use patience to tell you. Or perhaps, I will use the days ahead to show you.
“Because I believe in love. I believe that human nature is inherently good. Similar to what I spoke about onstage today, I believe that the world can change for the better. It only requires our willingness to first sacrifice. It only requires our willingness to first believe.”
Denise Ho Admits She is a Lesbian Before Crowd
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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