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Friday
Oct122012

$65M Marriage Reward: Chinese Billionaire Wants Daughter to Go Straight 

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Hong Kong billionaire who offered millions to any man who could successfully woo his lesbian daughter told ABC's 20/20 in an exclusive new interview that he wouldn't force her to change her "gay tendency," but seems to hold out hope that she will anyway.

"I'm not saying that she's not okay to be gay.  I mean it's her own choice and her own tendency... But [she should] make sure she knows what she wants.  Maybe what she wants today is different [than] what she wants in the future," Cecil Chao told 20/20 in an interview airing Friday.

Chao, 76, a Hong Kong real estate magnate, made headlines late last month when news reports quoted him as saying he would offer $500 million Hong Kong dollars -- $65 million in U.S. cash -- to a successful male suitor for Gigi Chao, one of Cecil Chao's three children.

Since the announcement, offers from men around the world have come pouring in, but the tycoon's daughter isn't interested.

"My heart is taken," she told 20/20.

Gigi Chao, 33, has been in a relationship with a woman, Sean Eav, for eight years.  The pair made it official in a church ceremony in Paris earlier this year.

Gigi Chao said she broke the news of the Paris ceremony to her father in June.

"He was surprised and unpleasantly shocked by it," she recalled.  She said her father also urged her not to make the news public, but word leaked out when a tabloid reporter asked Eav in September when the two would be married.  Eav told the reporter the couple was already married.

Meanwhile, Cecil Chao questioned the validity of his daughter's marriage.

"I explained to him that it's (by) no means legal, and it's a church ceremony -- a church blessing," Gigi Chao said.  "And so, he found it necessary to make an announcement that, 'My daughter is, in fact, not married, she's still single.'"

But Cecil Chao then went a step further.

While "the reporters had their mics in his face, he just kind of goes, 'No.  No, she's not homosexual.  She's not-- she doesn't have gay tendencies.  She's not married.  In fact, I'm trying to find a husband for her.  Why don't you guys try to help me.  I'll offer 500 million,'" Gigi Chao said.

Long time watchers of Cecil Chao, a staple of Hong Kong tabloids for years, may find his sudden championing of marriage surprising.  Chao himself has never married.  He fathered his three children with three different women and has boasted of sleeping with more than 10,000 women.

Nonetheless, he said he wants a "normal family life" for his daughter.

Watch the full story on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec072011

Obama Pushes for More Gay and Lesbian Rights Abroad

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) -- The White House will begin taking a harder look at its allies' treatment of gays and lesbians when reviewing decisions about foreign aid.

In introducing the new policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a conference in Geneva Tuesday, "Gay rights are human rights."

President Obama will direct all U.S. agencies abroad to make certain diplomacy and aid programs "promote and protect" the rights of homosexuals.

The new policy could affect aid to certain governments in the Middle East and Africa now receiving large amounts of U.S. backing.  For instance, same-sex activities are forbidden in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while gays and lesbians can be executed in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the new policy should not be misconstrued since "We are not talking about cutting aid or tying aid, but we are talking about using all of our tools, including assistance, to translate our principles into action."

But Republicans have already come out swinging.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said, “Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money."

Perry claimed the president is, "at war with people of faith in this country.  Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May042011

South Africa Task Force to Fight 'Corrective Rape' of Lesbians

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- South African law enforcement officials Wednesday said a new task force will be formed to address crimes against homosexuals after the gang rape and murder of a young woman believed to have been a victim of "corrective rape," or men attacking lesbians to "turn them straight" and punishing the women for being gay.

"The team will be charged with developing a legislative intervention plan, a public awareness strategy, and LGBTI sensitive shelters," Tlali Tlai, the chief of staff for the Ministry of Justice, told reporters. The announcement came after a parliamentary meeting involving senior officials from the country's law enforcement, legal and social program departments.

More than 170,000 people from all around the world signed a petition calling for the South African government to act after Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian, was gang-raped, stoned and stabbed to death using shards of broken glass nearly two weeks ago. The petition was sponsored by Change.org, a global human rights campaigning website.

"South Africa: Take Action to Stop 'Corrective Rape," the petition states in bold letters. "We demanded that the South African government take 'corrective rape' seriously, and they have agreed to do...and then some," Change.org said after Wednesday's announcement.

The new task force will tackle issues such as whether crimes against the homosexual and transgender community should be considered hate crimes, whether a rape motivated by sexual orientation should receive a harsher sentence and increased sensitivity training for police, social workers and judiciary officials. The team is scheduled to begin work in July.

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