The lesbian daughter of a billionaire from Hong Kong has said that she will marry a man when her father does. So what did that Dad do? He offered $128 million US dollars or $1 billion HKD to the man who would marry his daughter.

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The daughter, Gigi Chao, 34, has previously laughed at her father’s scheme, but now she is pleading with him to understand her sexuality; and since he thinks it is easy for her to change sexual orientation, he should set the precedent.

Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, a property magnate, has insisted that his daughter Gigi is single despite knowing she married her long-term partner, Sean Eav, two years ago. An open letter to her father was published with Ms. Chao saying she will enter a straight marriage when her father enters a gay one.

She explains, “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.”

In her open letter, which was published in the South China Morning Post, Ms. Chao asks her father to accept the fact that she is a lesbian.

In the letter, she says it is time for her father to accept her sexual orientation and her partner, whom she has been with for nine years.

She writes, “I must have misled you to hope there were other options for me.”

“I know it’s difficult for you to understand how I could feel romantically attracted to a woman; I suppose I can’t really explain it either. It just happens, peacefully and gently, and after so many years, we still love each other very much.”

She wants her father to accept Sean Eav and treat her civilly. She also acknowledges that it can be tough for her father to understand and accept it.

Gigi told her father,

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 as an expression of all these questions.

I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way (except also figuring out how to be gentler on the planet).

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.”

Ms. Chao and Sean have been married since early 2012. The same-sex couple married in a church ceremony in Paris. When the news of their marriage was leaked to the press, that’s when her father decided to put up the $1 billion HKD dowry. By that time, Ms. Chao had informed her father of her marriage in Paris, but he urged her not to make it public.

Gigi received many offers from men all over the world. One American suitor wrote that he was interested in the offer and that he also happened to be a gay man.

Ms. Chao is an executive director of her father’s property development company, a part-time pilot, and founder of the charity Faith in Love Foundation. She has said that her father is only doing it for love and concern of her well-being.

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“I understand that he loves me. It’s just he’s from another time, and it’s difficult for him to understand the plight of the LGBT. At the office, it’s business as usual. At family gatherings, we hug and dance. And we just agree to disagree on what marriage is and family is.”

 

Read Gigi Chao’s open letter to her father:

Dear Daddy,

I thought the timing was right for us to have a candid conversation.

You are one of the most mentally astute, energetic yet well-mannered and hard-working people this humble earth has ever known.

Your confidence, quick wit, and charisma brightens any room you enter.

I love you very much, and I think I can speak for my brothers also, that we have the utmost respect for you as a father and role model in business.

I am sorry that people have been saying insensitive things about you lately. The truth is, they don’t understand that I will always forgive you for thinking the way you do, because I know you think you are acting in my best interests. And we both don’t care if anybody else understands.

As your daughter, I would want nothing more than to make you happy. But in terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am are not coherent.

I am responsible for some of this misplaced expectation because I must have misled you to hope there were other options for me. You know I’ve had male lovers in the past, and I’ve had happy, albeit short-lived, relationships. I found myself temporarily happy, buoyed by the freshness, the attention, the interest of someone physically stronger than myself.

But it was always short-lived as I quickly lost patience and felt an indescribable discomfort in their presence. It usually made me frustrated, and I would yearn for my freedom again. I’ve broken a few hearts, hearts of good, honest, and loving men, and I’m sorry that it had to be so.

But with Sean, a woman, somehow it was different. I am comfortable and satisfied with my life and completely at ease with her. I know it’s difficult for you to understand how I could feel romantically attracted to a woman; I suppose I can’t really explain it either. It just happens, peacefully and gently, and after so many years, we still love each other very much.

My regret is that you have no idea how happy I am with my life, and there are aspects of my life that you don’t share. I suppose we don’t need each other’s approval for our romantic relationships, and I am sure your relationships are really fantastic too.

However, 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.

Now I’m not asking you to be best of friends; however, it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her and treat her like a normal, dignified human being.
I understand it is difficult for you to understand, let alone accept this truth.

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 as an expression of all these questions. I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way (except also figuring out how to be gentler on the planet).

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.

Wishing you happiness.

Patiently yours,

Your daughter, Gigi.

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