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Lesbian Cantopop star Denise Ho made headlines lasLhZcqxyj0-JhPl(1*@9S88BzXbOJNDx4!uNZ2zL+LLoHgPrDUEt week.

At anQV([email protected]&g(+PLQy%-A_+P^zu4Bd81ut4$3+bKh*92QVds!N Taipei rally in support of Hong Kong’s democracy protest, a pro-China activist doused the superstar-meets-human-rights-defender in red paint.

Ho hgzLB7r(GMR6PmXgNMt7reD*SLRPm0abvTiA$u3CYYz2)ttN9Ovas emerged as a figurehead defender of Hong Kong human rights amid ongoing unrest in the city. She has spoken at the UN and the US Capitol about the situation in Hong Kong.

The stunt this weekend prompted calls for both Taiwan and Hong Kong to stand up against increasing [email protected](WoKrQhlE5a+QGA8kyxHF3GlPQ*[email protected]authoritarianism from the Chinese Communist Party.

But, it also prompted a new appreciation of one of the region’s most famous lesbians on Taiwan foH9Y)Agt1*TH$d4ghmN8s6M+kkoC)_8!aCv01YKw^-A$2r!$LfGrum,

Amid photos and videos of the attack, onvfFJ2bcYAi14R+51CLmy)[email protected]+e netizens wrote: “It’s hard not to like her”. Explaining that they had previously seen her in concert, they said her role as an activist shows she has “fortitude and persistence”.

Another netizen wrote tha^_yH6totXh([email protected]$SGWqOg4C3jyv^lGI-JqBo5vkS&^t they’d swooned over her speech at the UN.

“She is not only haW&I%N6#5cEte%CA#z^bBZS9i12Y%d(tQ021PldPsNI_VhlPwALndsome in appearance, but also on the inside,” another wrote.

Denise Ho Wan-sze, also known as HOCC, was one of the first Hong Kong c+2^E#Ei(53KPWKAc6OYiyl%-A1wZK8w%[email protected]_upelebrities to publicly come out as a lesbian in 2012.

"You have to strengthenl([email protected]!JM0_lloRzAuQ8#OQ45UPxSg58V7&aieNdI7 yourself before you can project anything,” Ho told the South China Morning Post at the time.

Ho is also a founding member of LGBT rights organisation Big Love Alliancn$%*6C1-bRh(aXwgPhVJKqF(OlVUTdqcWPIo8px*Q79-%CS7PXe.

In a Facebook post following q-FKyBQjkL^J^Z5qpBwvHJHzp04QlY0ONVY8&+DLQZ+AiLh!8jthe attack this weekend, Ho said: “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

"Every day in Hong Kong, there are countless students, citizens and members who are attacked and beaten by the police.”

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