Lesbian Cantopop star Denise Ho made sg*X+9c_j^0B*$j%[email protected]++xhk63cyp5=d2headlines last week.
At a Taipei rally in support of Hong Kong’s democracy protest, a pro-China $%l)yqx5ag([email protected]#Twu!IKasNL6=SebFUKr_1na)[email protected]activist doused the superstar-meets-human-rights-defender in red paint.
Ho has emerged as a figwPOm+TnSxmkJgE#[email protected]=)y51INl9xvturehead defender of Hong Kong human rights amid ongoing unrest in the city. She has spoken at the UN and the US Capitol about the situation in Hong Kong.
The stunt this weekend prompted calls for both Taiwan and HongB9r)Mi3W4_ILjv0p!fs8^V(Bj_$qDQLX0viAVrf((y2UEuVd^N Kong to stand up against increasing authoritarianism from the Chinese Communist Party.
But, it also prompted a new appreciation of one of the region’s mosPYZ5wDqvrJs43J#[email protected]_bt famous lesbians on Taiwan forum, moptt.tw.
Amid photos and videos of the attack, one netizens wrote: “It’s hard not to like her”. Explaining that they had previously seen her in XrZ0V([email protected]*gz7b8oY5_T5bH^o&qWm9l+ZnzSP$2L2UmjdpScconcert, they said her role as an activist shows she has “fortitude and persistence”.
Another netizen wrote thtG*HSAAHjyXMojN*KMGNjYL_C#By-^)d_b)aTVxZ(H8hL!SHoRat they’d swooned over her speech at the UN.
“She is not only handsome in appearaWfD07AQ0L6yK6Fb#[email protected]nce, but also on the inside,” another wrote.
Denise Ho Wan-sze, also known as HOCC, was one of the first Hong Kong celebrities to pZh)W+6r(=sw)[email protected]^%a)F9ivBqqZZ&(ublicly come out as a lesbian in 2012.
"YoRCj(&4N7QXB6utj2wLn#J!=_Iq_!RXnn!n)vkmE+dTGkICTc^yu have to strengthen yourself before you can project anything,” Ho told the South China Morning Post at the time.
Ho is also a fouwfFU*Aa0u58*@bgYCuh&U#XkV)-tVVG^d18i039O%MkUjXK#uCnding member of LGBT rights organisation Big Love Alliance.
In a Facebook post following the attack this weekeK5Io&ciwxuiH-z9f!QJ7FkDUHZYBcKoD3+JwU1sOntE1pLYDBznd, 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.”