When Jennifer, an HSBC employee in Taiwan, told her homophobic parents she wanted to marry her partner Sam that she has been dating for 11 years, they not only refused to attend the wedding, but also cut off all contact with her.
Jennifer was devastated by this because her father is very important to her, so she opened up to one of her colleagues about it. She was scared that her colleagues would reject her too, but, to her relief, she found nothing but love and support. The bank’s country CEO, John Li, even decided to walk her down the aisle instead of her father while her colleagues and friends were cheering the newly-wed couple.
Though the couple’s wedding is only ceremonial, because Taiwan has not legalized same-sex marriages, Jennifer hopes that it will give faith to other LGBT couples.
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After Jennifer, a Taiwanese HSBC employee, told her parents she wanted to marry her same-sex partner, they cut off contact with her
“My parents are strongly against it,” says Jennifer
“Whenever my father sees Sam, he will push her out and tell her to get lost”
Taiwan is a conservative country, so Jennifer feared disapproval at work, too
“I was concerned that it would stop clients banking with [us]. So I considered it very carefully”
Luckily, Jennifer’s colleagues had nothing but love to give
And she was able to marry her girlfriend of 11 years
“CEO John was willing to walk me down the aisle, [he even] told us not to be nervous and to walk slowly”
“We cried because we never thought we would make it this far”
Though the couple’s wedding is only ceremonial, because Taiwan has not legalized same-sex marriages, Jennifer hopes that it will give faith to other LGBT couples
“We hope our actions will encourage people and create respect among different communities”