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Denise Ho

Hong Kong artist and LGBTQ activist

Asia-Pacific and South Asia

Denise Ho is an award-winning Hong Kong-based artist and activist. With 12 studio albums and many film credits to her name, Denise Ho is a household name in Hong Kong. In 2012, Ho became the first mainstream female singer in Hong Kong to come out of the closet; since then, she has advocated for LGBTQ rights globally. Ho has also become a leading figure in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. She was arrested in 2014 during the Umbrella Movement, and has been an inspirational figure in this summer’s anti-extradition bill protests. Earlier this year, Ho addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva and testified at a congressional hearing in Washington D.C., urging international policymakers to help protect Hong Kong’s freedom.

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