A Taiwanese woman whose father refused to support her same-sex marriage has instead been escorted down the aisle by her boss.
In a moving video by HSBC, the bank where Jennifer works, she explains her and her partner Sam have been together for 11 years, but she found it difficult to come out to her family.
“Before we came out, we were always afraid. We were worried to talk about it because we thought people might make fun of us,” Jennifer explained.
“What troubled me most were my parents, because they are strongly against it. Whenever my father sees Sam, he pushes her out and tells her to get lost.”
She said she still cares for her father and still wants to make him proud, and at one point considered faking a marriage to a man for her father’s sake.
Jennifer’s father said he wouldn’t support the couple’s marriage and wouldn’t attend their wedding, but HSBC’s chief executive John Li offered to walk her down the aisle instead.
The couple’s marriage is not officially recognised in Taiwan, but the couple hope to inspire other members of the country’s LGBTI community to commit to one another.
Taiwan is poised the become the first country in Asia to legalise marriage equality, with a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed needing just one more vote before it becomes law.
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