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Hong Kong Lesbian Who Shunned $65m Man Tops Financial Times’ LGBT Executive Ranking
(SFGN) Gigi Chao is the executive vice chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong property developer run by her father, billionaire Cecil Chao. Gigi is also one of Asia’s most visible out lesbians, the Financial Times reports.
In 2012, after Chao announced her civil union with her female partner Sean Eav, Chao’s father offered a $65 million reward to any man who could court and marry her. Chao’s father doubled the offer in 2014 prompting Gigi to write an open letter to the South China Morning Post stating men “are just not for me.”
“In Europe, one can say being gay is cool. In Asia, we are far from that,” Chao said. In a separate interview Chao explained that in Chinese culture, coming out as homosexual is seen as “blatant disrespect to your parents.”
Cecil Chao has since rescinded the offer, and believes Gigi simply hasn’t found the right man, an idea which she describes as “an interesting attitude,” telling the Financial Times “we will always have things we have different opinions on…that is something I came to terms with.”
The Financial Times ranked Chao at #1 in its Top 100 LGBT Executives list.
British Study Says Bisexual Men Earn 30% Less than Gay Colleagues’
(SFGN) A study conducted by Professor Alex Bryson of University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education examined the earnings data of 20,000 employees in nearly 2000 workplaces in Britain, the Guardian reports.
Bryson’s article in the journal Work, Employment & Society, published by the British Sociological Association, explains that the average gross hourly earnings for bisexual men were £9.39, compared with £12.30 for heterosexual men, a 31% difference. Average hourly earnings for gay men were £13.33, £1.03 more than for heterosexual men.
The study examined Workplace Employment Relations Surveys conducted in 2011 and 2012.
When comparing data for workers in similar occupations, the average hourly earnings for bisexual men were 20% less than for heterosexual men, regardless of whether or not the workplace had an equal opportunities policy on sexual orientation. The difference was found across all workplaces and occupations, and applied in London as well as non-metropolitan areas.
Bryson acknowledges that the study did not determine whether employers knew the sexuality of employees and could not speak to active discrimination.
Supreme Court to Rule in Virginia Transgender Case
(AP) The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school.
The justices said Friday they will hear the appeal from the Gloucester County school board sometime next year. The high court's order means that student Gavin Grimm will not be able to use the boys' bathroom in the meantime.
The court could use the case to resolve similar disputes across the country, said Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. "Obviously, for transgender people, the stakes of this case are incredibly high. Whatever the court rules in Grimm may ensure that transgender people are accepted and included as equal members of our society, or it may relegate them to outsiders for decades to come," Minter said.
A lower court had ordered the school board to accommodate Grimm, but the justices in August put that order on hold while they considered whether to hear the appeal.