Denise Ho

Hong Kong artist and LGBTQ activist

Denise Ho is an award-winning Hong Kong-based singer, actress, and pro- democracy and LGBTQ rights activist. In 2012, she became the first mainstream female singer in Hong Kong to come out as a part of the LGBTQ community. Ho was also a staunch supporter of the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, and was arrested for taking part in the nonviolent pro-democracy protests. Since then, the Chinese government has banned her from performing in China, where she previously enjoyed popularity as a singer. Despite pressure from the Chinese government, Ho started crowdfunding her concerts to avoid corporate censorship, and continues to speak out for democracy in Hong Kong and LGBTQ rights globally.