A Hong Kong gay icon, remembered
It was 15 years ago on April 1, 2003, that Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, one of the brightest stars in Hong Kong entertainment, died. He was 46. Cheung enjoyed great success as a pop star, starting out as a teen idol in the 1980s. He is considered one of the founding fathers of Cantopop. He later also took on film roles, building up a notable career and a fruitful partnership with auteur director Wong Kar-wai.  Openly bisexual, Cheung was and remains an icon for Hong Kong and China’s gay community. His role as one half of a turbulent gay couple in Wong’s 1997 film Happy Together helped to foster dialogue about homosexuality in Hong Kong and Chinese society. Cheung is best known internationally
A Hong Kong gay icon, remembered