VIRAL VIDEO: CEO Of HSBC Taiwan Walks Lesbian Staffer Down The Aisle After Her Father Refuses

The Huffington Post reports:

Taiwan is expected to become Asia’s first nation to recognize same-sex marriage by the end of the year, and businesses are definitely taking notice. On Valentine’s Day, HSBC Bank in Taiwan released a heartwarming YouTube video that told the real-life story of how the bank’s country CEO, John Li, walked one of his employees down the aisle at her wedding. The bride’s father had apparently declined to do so because he will not acknowledge his daughter’s relationship with another woman.

“I didn’t think I would ever have a wedding,” the employee, identified only as Jennifer, explained in the clip. Although Jennifer has been in a relationship with her now-wife, Sam, for 11 years, she say her family won’t acknowledge it. Noting that she considered “faking” a heterosexual marriage for her father’s sake, Jennifer added, “My parents have stopped communicating with me and will not come to my wedding.”

The video was posted to HSBC’s official YouTube channel on Valentine’s Day but has only gone viral this week.

(Tipped by JMG reader Robin)

  • grada3784

    CEO is a class act.

    • Todd20036

      And he just acquired an employee for life.

      • pj

        many employees and customers

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  • bambinoitaliano
    • pj

      acting

      • bambinoitaliano

        It was suppose to be ugly cry -_-

        • pj

          success

  • David Walker

    Old farts are old farts, no matter their age and no matter where in the world they are. Clearly Jennifer’s parents’ loss.

  • dcurlee

    Same ole parents story….it’s such a shame. My mom and I didn’t speak for years just because of who I wanted to love. It’s a better relationship now but so many years you can’t get back. Congrats to this beautiful couple and wish them many years of happiness. Just a shame her family has the view they have

    • Gene

      sometimes…the best dad…is not the one who fathered you…is the father you work for at your bank.

      what did Maupin write in Tales of the City? “you have your biological family, and your logical family”. this bank exec is her LOGICAL father…and good for him, and her. Its just her bio dads loss, when its all said and done

    • Todd20036

      My father’s love was conditional that I marry a woman and have kids – even if I fucked men on the side.

      I basically gave him the finger.

      My mother was going that route until my father died. Then after she saw how well I nailed my father’s estate back together, she finally accepted that I’m my own man.

      The lesson being that just because you’ve outgrown your parents in no way requires you to accept their made-up baggage and issues.

      I’m sorry your parents weren’t a bigger part of your life, but it was their loss far more than it was yours.

      • Robincho

        So instead of HER giving you the ring, you gave HIM the finger!… There’s a country western song in there somewhere… 😉

        • Kenster999

          Great observation! I tried to think of such an existing lyric but couldn’t think of it. But another, unrelated one popped into mind that I enjoy:

          He said, “Can I buy you a drink?”
          What he meant was, “Can I buy you?”
          Yeah, his eyes were pits of despair
          But his accent recalled the bayou…

      • LovesIrony

        I Lost my beloved father recently, I know I am so very vey lucky to have had such a wonderful loving man as my dad, At our wedding he was beaming and grinning from ear to ear. growing up gay with loving accepting parents wasn’t easy but I can’t imagine the pain of having to have a parent that withholds love from their child. I know you have become a son to be proud of, even if he is too blind to see it.

        • greenmanTN

          I share that with you. I came out to my dad when I was 17. I told him I had heard of kids being kicked out of their house for being gay and he said “I would rather cut off my own arm than reject you.”

          Things might have gone differently if I came out to my mother first because she was more into “What will the neighbors think?!”

      • JCF

        “My father’s love was conditional that I marry a woman and have kids – even if I fucked men on the side.”

        You’re Jewish, right? I’ve heard of several rabbis who have given gay men this advice. To me, the most shocking thing is the level of misogyny: nevermind the woman being punk’d, huh? She’s just there to be an incubator for More Jews…

    • *hugs*

      • dcurlee

        Hugs to you also

  • Tawreos

    I can’t wait until the day comes where a situation like this just isn’t newsworthy anymore.

    • bambinoitaliano

      That’s the sad state of human evolution isn’t it? We are still facing denial of the basic emotion of expression. The only reason human species is at the top of food chain is because of our propensity for violence beyond the need of survival.

    • vorpal

      Panti Bliss’ Ted Talk about how for us LGBT people, even in quite accepting countries, holding our partners’ hands in public still constitutes a political act, was brilliant.

      It would be amazing if a day ever came where this could be as natural as a straight couple being affectionate or holding hands, but somehow, I am not hopeful that at least to some minor level, it won’t be viewed as political by some. I mean, we haven’t even reached a point where a man can be a nurse and a woman can be a doctor or an interracial couple can be raising kids without some people raising an eyebrow in response. We have a long way to go socially on so many fronts.

      • Tawreos

        All that matters is that sooner or later we will get there.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        True. I live in Palm Springs, and you see it every day here, but it still “catches my eye” whenever I see it. That may be because of having grown up & lived for so many years in the Midwest, but I don’t think I’m the only one.

      • NancyP

        You will never get 100% – there will always be “dog people” and superstitious types – black cats are often the ignored ones at animal shelters – many people too superstitious to adopt black cats.

        Our job is to work on the 95% of the population that is in theory “reachable” about the radical ideal that LGBT people are…people.

  • Gene

    I have never had a bad relationship with anyone, anywhere, at HSBC. Its a good bank, and treats its employees well.

    And, as its name, HSBC (the Hong Kong And Shanghai Banking Corp) implies…its….British. Headquarters, London. The British know that prejudice is not profitable, and dont allow it in ANY of their corporate branches to the degree law allows (they cannot make the Egyptian branch give benefits to GLBT couples, etc…but, they have made their inclusive policies as a company worldwide VERY well known).

    Good for them..for this good boss…and both of the lovely brides!
    and GREAT for TAIWAN (soon)!

    • Gene

      of more importance in the long run….IF Taiwan does the right thing…and passes Marriage equality…that will begin M A S S I V E conversation on the MUCH larger Mainland…the largest population on earth. This…this could be the start of something very very big….and…
      wonderful

    • Expect the usual whiners here in the states to call for a HSBC boycott in 5…4…3…

    • Do Something Nice
      • grada3784

        I’m in trouble then. I bought the cookbook that John Gotti’s daughter put together.

        And worse, I went to gay bars in the 70’s when there was a hint of Mafia about them.

        • Do Something Nice

          There were no choices in the 70s. There are now.

          • Todd20036

            No one had to go to gay bars in the 70s.

          • Do Something Nice

            I can’t tell you how much your enlightening comment has contributed to the discussion.

            No really, I can’t.

          • grada3784

            Dare I mention that I got a scholarship in the late 60’s from Big Pharma? And after a career in Big Pharma, Little Pharma and in the middle Pharma, I wound up getting a pension from a Big Pharma company that swallowed a lot of smaller companies.

            Damn all these mergers!!!!!

            I’ve been corrupted beyond all salvation.

          • Do Something Nice

            So what is your point? I agree that it is challenging to avoid predatory or criminal corporations in our complicated world.

            But that doesn’t mean we should just ignore those criminal and/or ethical issues.

            One of my ‘banks’ is a scumbag enterprise. but I have to use them because I have complicated finances.

            But that doesn’t mean that I am giddy with delight about their diversity policy, a policy that, at times, seems like pandering.

          • Todd20036

            No, but it also doesn’t mean, “Well when I used those criminal organizations, THAT was different.”

            You used the mafia bars, but you seem to be willing to ignore that because that was YOU doing it, not someone else.

          • Do Something Nice

            Actually, I didn’t know anything about the Mafia and bars until I read the history of Stonewall.

            And I don’t see anyone making a video about how great the Mafia was for “allowing” gays to have a gathering place.

          • grada3784

            As I pointed out, none of the banks I’ve been shunted into by mergers are paragons of virtue. Any more than HSBC is.

            We don’t need to slam each other over the head about morality; the Religious Right already does that to us quite enough.

            I can appreciate an act of kindness shown us by anyone, even a banker creep, just like the hungry in 1930 Chicago appreciated Al Capone’s soup kitchen.

          • Do Something Nice

            Appreciating an act of kindness isn’t the same as getting giddy about pinkwashing ad masquerading as a heartwarming story about human rights and dignity.

          • grada3784

            Who is getting giddy? I think you’re reading a lot more into people’s comments than are there.

        • NancyP

          I still think of my bank (BOA) as “Boatmen’s Bank”, a very local name – symbol a paddlewheel river boat (only make beleeeeve….)

          • grada3784

            My trip was from Par-Troy to United Jersey to Fleet to Bank of America. Little fish eaten by bigger fish.

          • Acronym Jim

            There is probably real history there. In Portland, Oregon, the first banks were opened by liquor retailers and early merchants who then branched out into steam navigation and transportation.

        • customartist

          There is good and bad in all people?

  • Derrick Johns

    Beautiful news event. Sometimes you need to hear something good…rather what’s coming of our current White House, and Mara Lago, and Trump Tower and whatever.

  • Do Something Nice

    Oh goody. A criminal enterprise bank made a heartwarming video for ‘the gays.’

    http://www.corp-research.org/HSBC

    • bambinoitaliano

      Unfortunately yes. That’s the challenge of fighting a war. Sometimes you need an unsavory ally to achieve a bigger goal.

      • Do Something Nice

        Well, as long as we get our rights, it’s OK for them to break laws, hide criminal acts, commit fraud, etc. Right? I guess if David Duke supports our rights, we would throw a party for him.

        Not for me. Did you even bother to look at the link?.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Who says anything about supporting the bank? People will make their own decision who they want to bank with. If this video makes them more likely to be HSBC clients, that’s their prerogative. Does not mean I will be doing PR for the bank. My positive take out of this video is the happy couple and that CEO provide the much needed substitute for her sorry of a father. If it send a strong message to move the LGBT rights in the fast direction the better. Whatever criminal activities HSBC are involve in. I hope it will come around to bite them in the ass. No less than I held Apple accountable for its behavior how they treated the workers in China or supporting illegal mining with shady regards to the life of those miners. That’s the reality of our current economy where we are entangled directly and indirectly to multi national corporations. If we to start examining all our ties to these corporations,we should just live in isolations the way those fake boycotters should be doing.

          • Do Something Nice

            Well, we agree that our world is complicated. I believe that this video is nothing more than PR for the bank, and that, I guess, is where we differ.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Any business organization know which side of the bread they butter. Not very different from how NBA, NFL, Starbucks or Disney that had taken the opportunity to cash in on the PR for what little it takes to make a stance. However the impact on their stance make a huge difference in influencing the way ordinary folks old ways of thinking. There are still plenty of people in many parts of the world that needs to be educated. Their anti gay stance is not necessary like the deplorables here, intentionally antagonistic with the mentality of “us versus them” division. The bottom line is HSBC can choose to cash in any pr stunt it wishes to and we can choose not to support it with our business base on the incriminating reports of its financial dealing. The feel good commercial will yield them some business but also help advanced the marriage equality in the country that could further propel other regions in Asia to recognize the human right issues that is long overdue. Maybe some other corporations will copy HSBC and decide to step up when they see the benefit. I am sure there are other competitive financial institutions with better records will follow suit. Only then the consumers do not have to agonized over the morality of one bank over their own rights.

  • vorpal

    Congratulations to Jennifer and Sam and good on them for having supportive people in their lives.

    I have a friend back in Canada whose parents are first-gen immigrants from Hong Kong, and when he came out to them, the entire family refused to speak to him for over 10 years. Now they will talk to him and invite him to social events once again, provided he does NOT mention anything related to being gay and it is understood that his husband is NOT welcome to attend.

    Very sad. He is really a family man and loves his family so much that he just can’t cut them out of his life despite all these completely unreasonable and downright cruel conditions they’ve placed on him, and his loving and gentle attempts to change their minds have all met in failure, even amongst his brothers and sisters who grew up mostly in Canada.

    I am hoping that Taiwan will be the catalyst that makes same-sex marriage start to spread like wildfire across much of Asia, and at least shames Australia into finally getting their shit together and stop being a first-world embarrassment.

    • NancyP

      There have been some LGBT-themed movies by Taiwanese / expat directors for a while now.

      • vorpal

        Yes! I have seen a few really good ones, as I speak basic Mandarin and prefer traditional characters, which are used in Chinese subtitles in Taiwanese movies. The Taiwanese Mandarin accent is a bit difficult to understand, though, when your ear is tuned to a more Beijing style accent.

    • Ben in Oakland

      As my late wonderful partner said to a woman who said she would never accept his being gay:

      Your attitude is never going to make your son sorry that he’s gay. It’s just going to make him sorry that you’re his mother. And isn’t that just too sad?

      I feel for your friends dilemma, but I have no patience for bigots any more. There are plenty of people in the world to supply love and support. Why beat your head against a wall, when the wall simply doesn’t care.

      • vorpal

        That’s my attitude as well by this point:
        “I neither require nor care about your acceptance or tolerance and I fully support your right to be bigoted trash and hate me based on my ability to share, experience, and receive love. What I do demand, however, is full equal treatment and protections under the law. Your approval is irrelevant.”

        • Ben in Oakland

          Bingo.

      • TJay229

        👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

        • Ben in Oakland

          He was that way. He’s been gone for 21 years, and I still miss him terribly.

  • Rex

    What kind of person turns their back on their own child because of who they love?
    Oh, yeah, Christians and Conservatives – the “family values” people.

    • customartist

      Amen to that

    • CottonBlimp

      “Family values” from the religion founded on child sacrifice.

    • Prixator

      Not just “christians”.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • customartist

      * REPUBLICAN Congressmen & Senators stand in support of Donald Trump, NOT Democratic ones. Maybe we should write them a letter sometime? Sometime like today??

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Now THAT is a cool boss.

    Congratulations to the stunningly photogenic brides.

  • Robincho

    You GO, Honkers & Shankers!…

  • James

    Yay for the brides. HSBC still sucks.

  • Natty Enquirer

    It’s a sad reality, but all you can do about some people is wait for them to die.

    • customartist

      Or become irrelevant?

      • Maggie 4NoH8

        I’d rather they just pass

  • LovesIrony

    See, the honorable CEO comes off looking loving, the father comes off looking bigoted. Love wins again

  • Ben in Oakland

    HSBC has produced a number of very upfront ads supporting gay people. This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

  • TJay229

    Wow..! Very nice

  • T-Batwoman

    Am I the only one who thought that looked like a scripted campaign for HSBC? I hope not, guess you never know nowadays.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well, given how vocal HSBC has been on LGBT rights, I don’t think this is entirely a surprise.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Attention Social Conservatives of the World, this is what being a decent and kind human being looks like…you know…just like that guy you keep claiming to follow.

  • TheManicMechanic

    While I am grateful for corporate entities and the like for their (increasing) support for LGBT people and issues, how sad is it that this woman’s boss had to stand in for her own parents? As beautiful and tear-inducing gesture it is, I can’t help but rage at the hate coming from the parents, an all-too-common occurrence among our LGBT brothers and sisters. In just about every case, such hate is driven by the epic stupidity that is religion.

    • Prixator

      Humans are allegedly the most intelligent species on Earth. If so, why are we the only ones that participate in such a violent, regressive, anti-intellectual and divisive thing called religion?

  • Todd Allis

    *wipes eyes*
    Beautiful! Good boss, great couple!

  • BeaverTales

    I have been having a crappy day/week/month/year, but this was the first JMG post in ages that has made me really smile…sentimental old fool that I am-tears of joy here!!!!

    Loved the video.They are so beautiful.

  • JCF

    John Li: Mensch of the Day.

    To the brides: Mazel Tov! [and Mwah!]