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March 29, 2014

The ruling is a setback in the fight for marriage equality in Taiwan as a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is currently being passed through the Legislative Yuan

A Taiwan court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their union.

Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed the complaint with the Taipei court last year after a local household registration agency refused to register their marriage.

March 17, 2014

Pro and anti-gay-marriage protestors attended rival rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square on Sunday as a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is before Taiwan’s legislative chamber

Protestors rallying to support efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan had the support of two Buddhist nuns on Sunday, while a rival family values rally was mainly supported by Christian groups.

Both sides of the debate held protest rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square with some scuffles occurring between the two groups.

Supporters of marriage equality were decked out in the rainbow gay pride colors while opponents wore cardboard hats depicting a mother and father panda and two panda cubs.

March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

December 24, 2013

Hater says A-mei once contracted sexual disease and is a dirty aborigine, insinuating she has also been taken over by a vile spirit

Even as 20,000 showed up at Taiwanese gay diva A-mei Chang hui-mei’s concert for gay marriage in Taipei Sunday night, homophobes upped their attacks on the Internet.

A Facebook user called Hsieh De-ching was especially nasty against the multi-time Rainbow Ambassador for Taipei Pride, making repeated sexual and racial slurs.

December 21, 2013

Pastor Kuo Mei-jiang claims homosexuality can be transferred and God has given her dozens of diamonds

An anti-gay pastor in Taiwan has become the most ridiculed public face there for her exaggerated views on homosexuality and bizarre experiences

December 20, 2013

Taiwan’s pop superstar A-mei will perform for free on Sunday in order to draw attention for the need to allow same-sex couples to marry

Taiwanese pop star A-mei is going to perform a concert in Taipei on Sunday, and not only will it be free but she is picking up the cost of putting the concert on as well.

‘No slogans, no posters that night. I want to use music to give people who are pursuing respect and true love the courage to continue,’ A-mei wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday.

‘I want to cheer for every single heart that is defending true love … This is a small effort I can make as a singer.’

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

December 5, 2013

Taiwanese film and television actress Ding Ning has had a celebrity endorsement deal cancelled over her support for same-sex marriage but she says she would rather stay true to her beliefs

43-year-old Taiwanese film and television actress Ding Ning has lost a celebrity endorsement deal after the company learned she had taken part in a rally supporting same-sex marriage.

The actress announced on Facebook that an unnamed company had cancelled the deal after she took part in a 30 November LGBTI rights rally in Taipei.

Ding wrote that she had not been surprised by the backlash but said ‘it would really be a little pathetic [to] play to the crowd’ at her age.

November 30, 2013

Pro and anti equal marriage protests in Taipei highlight controversy around legislation that would make Taiwan the first Asian country to recognize gay marriage

Opposing groups for and against gay marriage rallied in Taipei today, as the legislature examines a draft amendment that could legalize gay marriage.

The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) - who proposed to new legislation to give rights to same-sex couples, among other changes to marriage law - met at 1.40pm in front on the Legislative Yuan (the parliament) in central Taipei, with supporters were encouraged to wear white shirts.

November 10, 2013

People including Rose Kuei herself are much more accepting of gays now

Multi-award winning actress Rose Kuei will have a gay son again in an upcoming film, saying she can face homosexuality more easily now.

In Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet in 1993, Kuei plays a mother nagging her son to get married in the United States.

In Baby Steps, which is set in Taipei and Los Angeles, her son and his partner plan to have a baby by surrogate, which is still illegal in Taiwan.

October 28, 2013

Gay Star News captures the enthusiastic and supportive vibe at this weekend's Taipei LGBT Pride parade

The great thing about gay pride events is they don't discriminate against age, sex or race.

This pride-goer was all smiles at the weekend's march, flashing a smile with his Manhunt fan as he joined an estimated 60,000 marchers.

Taipei's LGBT pride is being called Asia's biggest gay pride event, with approximately 4,000 attendees coming from abroad.

October 28, 2013

Google and Goldman Sachs representatives joined pride-goers of all ages in Taipei's overflowing streets for what is being called Asia's biggest LGBT pride event

Fortune 500 companies welcomed Taipei Pride as a sign of Asia's progress on LGBT rights.

Gay Star News reported an overwhelming show of support for the Taiwanese LGBT community this weekend. An estimated 60,000 attendees took to Taipei's streets to celebrate what is being called Asia's biggest gay pride event.

Now global companies join local community representatives who endorsed the pride parade saying it shows a growing 'LGBT inclusiveness' in Taiwan. 

October 27, 2013

Taipei Gay Pride parade occurs the day after the Taiwan legislature considers a gay marriage bill

The city of Taipei was covered in rainbow flags as tens of thousands marched in a Gay Pride parade.

The 26 October march happened  a day after the country's legislature started to review a gay marriage bill.

A new opinion poll released in late August  found broad support for LGBT equality, with a majority now saying they support same-sex marriage.

This year was the eleventh year Taipei has sponsored a gay pride parade.

October 9, 2013

Qi Jia-wei alleges Washington, Beijing and the Vatican stand in the way of gay marriage in Taiwan

A longtime gay rights activist has started a new fight with the Taiwanese government, after it refused to register his marriage.

Qi Jia-wei asked the Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday (8 October) to overturn the decision that prevented him from marrying his ‘friend’ in March.

The 55-year-old, described as the ‘Father of Same-sex Marriage Litigation’, also requested the court to allow people of the same-sex to tie the knot, in accordance with the constitution.

September 7, 2013

Opinions are transformable, says activist group as over 50% Taiwanese switch to support for gay unions within a decade 

‘We believe it’s time to change the law,’ says an emphatic Victoria Hsu, speaking from her Taipei office ahead of a wedding banquet rally to be held in the evening in front of the presidential palace on Ketagalan Boulevard.

Hsu is president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) that is hosting the festive rally to urge the government to heed ‘people’s aspiration’ for families of diversity and legalize same-sex marriages.

August 31, 2013

Over 800 pledge to support Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights’ campaign on 7 Sept, supported by pop divas

Close on the heels of Taiwan upholding the marriage of a transgender couple, gay rights activists have announced a ‘wedding banquet’ campaign next month to press for the legalization of same-sex marriages.

 In September, the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights is expected to push for an amendment to the Civil Code, which seeks greater gay rights like allowing same-sex marriages.

March 22, 2013

Chief Day-way, another gay rights activist, takes up court battle to get same-sex marriage recognized after Nelson Chen dropped case two months ago

A gay rights activist attempted to register his marriage in Taipei yesterday, but was told that only a man and woman can legally marry in Taiwan.

Chief Day-way made the attempt two months after gay couple Nelson Chen (Chen Ching-hsueh) and Kao Chih-wei dropped their legal battle to have their marriage recognized.

Chen said he had lost his faith in the judiciary.

January 24, 2013

Couple fighting for marriage rights in Taipei drop legal case

The gay couple in Taiwan who were suing Taipei city government for not recognizing their marriage confirmed yesterday that they are dropping their case.

After warning last week that he was considering giving up his legal fight for same-sex marriage rights, Nelson Chen (Chen Ching-hsueh) announced at a press conference yesterday that he had 'lost his faith in the judiciary'.

January 17, 2013

Nelson Chen says he will announce next Wednesday, 23 January, if he is dropping his case against Taipei City to recognize his same-sex marriage

Taipei gay couple Nelson Chen and Kao Chih-wei will declare next week whether or not they are withdrawing their case against the city for not recognizing their same-sex marriage.

The Taipei Times reported on Tuesday that the couple are withdrawing their legal battle, but Chen sent a statement sent to Gay Star News in which he says that he and Kao will announce next Wednesday, 23 January, whether or not they are continuing to fight for recognition.

December 21, 2012

Taiwan’s Supreme Justices will deliver the final word on same-sex marriage in 2013 – potentially creating the first legal same-sex marriages in Asia

The issue of same-sex marriage is to be heard by Taiwan’s Supreme Justices, or Judicial Yuan, in what could result in a landmark ruling and the first legal same-sex marriages in Asia if the case is a success.

Chen Ching-hsueh and long term partner Kao Chih-wei filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court earlier this year after a local household registration agency refused register their marriage.

December 7, 2012

Teacher arrested under the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act

Police in Taipei have charged a teacher with violating a Taiwan law that criminalizes HIV positive people who knowingly have unprotected sex.

The man surnamed Feng, who was also arrested on an illegal drugs charge, faces five to 12 years in prison if convicted under the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act.

November 30, 2012

Nelson Chen and Kao Chih-wei are fighting to have their relationship legally recognized

The High Administrative Court in Taipei yesterday heard the case of a gay couple who are suing the city to have their relationship legally recognized.

The lawyer for Nelson Chen (also known as Chen Ching-Hseuh) and Kao Chih-wei is arguing that Taiwan's civil code does not clearly state that marriage is between a man and a woman.

November 21, 2012

Pop star and actress Denise Ho, who came out two weeks ago at Hong Kong Pride, wants to become have a child

Denise Ho, the Hong Kong pop star and actress who came out at Pride earlier this month, says she and her partner want to become parents and are seeking a sperm donor.

Ho, who is in Taipei for the Golden Horse Awards (the Chinese-speaking world's Oscars), told reporters on Monday that she was seeking a ‘talented, quite good-looking and of good character’ sperm donor, reported Channel News Asia.

November 12, 2012

There’s a strong argument that Taiwan has the best record for gay rights in Asia, Gay Star News asks seven why

A few weeks ago over 50,000 people marched for LGBT rights in Taipei - massively dwarfing any other Pride marches in Asia.