When Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao offered $65 million to any man who could win over his lesbian daughter and make her straight, he inadvertently laid the ground for her to become one of Asia's most prominent gay rights campaigners. The bizarre reward in 2012 grabbed international headlines and his daughter, Gigi Chao, was bombarded with thousands of marriage proposals from across the world – from war veterans to a body double of George Clooney in a sports movie. It was the first time the issue of acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community had played out in such high-profile way in Hong Kong – a city modern in many ways but where social attitudes remain conservative. "I am glad it happened," Gigi Chao told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the office of her property firm is housed in Hong Kong's third-tallest skyscraper overlooking the city's harbour.
March 26 / Reuters