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April 8, 2015

A separate event for same-sex couples will be held later in the year

Taipei has rejected a lesbian couple's application to participate in the city's annual mass wedding, despite promises to include same-sex couples this year.

The Department of Civil Affairs said Ray and Hsiao Ting did not conform to the Civil Code's requirements for marriage, which stipulates that an agreement to marry must be made between male and female parties of their own accord.

April 3, 2015

Proceeds go to a gay marriage advocacy group

Taiwanese pop diva and gay icon A-mei has launched two 'rainbow products' to raise money for gay rights ahead of her April concert marathon in Taipei.

One of the products is a rainbow towel printed with the word 'Utopia,' and the other is a hand fan.

Some 12,000 fans, each priced at NT$100 (US$3.20), will be sold and all proceeds will be donated to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, according to her label EMI.

The towels are priced at NT$500 (US$16) and NT$10 (US$0.32) will be donated for every one sold.

April 2, 2015

Police did not give reasons or show search warrants

A gay fitness center in Taipei has said it has been raided 26 times in the last six months, sparking cries of discrimination.

ANIKi World of Wonders in Da'an district was raided four times in the last two weeks alone.

The gym's chief executive, Chu Hsi-Kuang, said the police did not give a reason or show a search warrant for most recent raids. He said they treated him like a suspect and burst into the gym's changing room while patrons were still naked.

The police denied any wrongdoing.

April 2, 2015

Police did not give reasons or show search warrants

A gay fitness center in Taipei has said it has been raided 26 times in the last six months, sparking cries of discrimination.

ANIKi World of Wonders in Da'an district was raided four times in the last two weeks alone.

The gym's chief executive, Chu Hsi-Kuang, said the police did not give a reason or show a search warrant for most recent raids. He said they treated him like a suspect and burst into the gym's changing room while patrons were still naked.

The police denied any wrongdoing.

March 14, 2015

Couple barred from adopting the children they co-parent because it would have 'negative impact' on them will appeal court's decision

A Taiwanese lesbian couple are fighting against a decision stopping them from adopting their children.

In the first case of its kind in the country, Neal Wang hopes to formally adopt the twins she co-parents with her partner of 15 years, Ashley Chou.

Chou gave birth to the children six years ago via artificial insemination - but under Taiwanese law, the unmarried partner of a birth mother is not allowed to adopt her children.

March 10, 2015

Up to 200 couples will marry in two ceremonies scheduled for 2015

A Taipei government official has promised to do his utmost to include gay couples in the city's mass weddings.

Xu Li-min, secretary of Taipei city's bureau of social affairs and gender equality office, made the vow on Friday (6 March) at a public gender forum at National Taiwan University.

He said he would need to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside straight couples or separately, but either way he hoped to bring about 'symbolic' ceremonies for gay couples this year.

March 10, 2015

Up to 200 couples will marry in two ceremonies scheduled for 2015

A Taipei government official has promised to do his utmost to include gay couples in the city's mass weddings.

Xu Li-min, secretary of Taipei city's bureau of social affairs and gender equality office, made the vow on Friday (6 March) at a public gender forum at National Taiwan University.

He said he would need to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside straight couples or separately, but either way he hoped to bring about 'symbolic' ceremonies for gay couples this year.

December 15, 2014

Rainbow run attracts 3,500 participants despite the cold weather

Thousands Saturday morning (13 December) participated in a rainbow run in Taiwan to support gay marriage and equal rights.

About 3,500 LGBTI individuals and allies wrapped up in rainbow scarfs for the 15km morning run in Taipei in spite of the in the chilly 13 Celsius weather.

The event hoped 'to bring attention to social issues related to gender diversity, anti-discrimination and changing the family system to better understand and in support of gay marriage and equal rights.'

November 14, 2014

Gayway posted explicit images to solicit clients for its erotic massage parlour

Taiwanese police have seized a website that billed itself as ‘Asia’s largest gay lifestyle information network’ for 'distributing obscene material.'

Taipei City Police Department said it shut down Gayway on Tuesday (9 November) after receiving reports that the website contained pornographic images.

The Criminal Investigation Division traced the site’s IP address to a studio on Zhongxiao West Road in Taipei, owned by a 40-year-man surnamed Wang who also operated a gay erotic massage parlour there.

October 30, 2014

Sean Lien says comments overheated

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien has enraged LGBTI activists by deleting a pro-gay Facebook post.

The night before Taiwan Pride, Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Lien finally broke his silence on LGBTI rights.

He said he supported the gay marriage bill currently and that if he was elected he would 'protect gay rights and make Taipei a more gender-friendly environment.'

'I hope the central government will place the relevant bills on the legislative agenda for deliberation soon in order to guarantee the rights of our gay friends,' he wrote.

October 30, 2014

Sean Lien says comments overheated

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien has enraged LGBTI activists by deleting a pro-gay Facebook post.

The night before Taiwan Pride, Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Lien finally broke his silence on LGBTI rights.

He said he supported the gay marriage bill currently and that if he was elected he would 'protect gay rights and make Taipei a more gender-friendly environment.'

'I hope the central government will place the relevant bills on the legislative agenda for deliberation soon in order to guarantee the rights of our gay friends,' he wrote.

October 25, 2014

Tens of thousands of people turned out at Taiwan’s LGBTI pride march today to push for same-sex marriage to be legalized

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei, Taiwan today to celebrate LGBTI pride (25 October).

The proud revellers also carried a serious message of equality to parliament. They are pushing for same-sex marriage to be recognized by law.

Organizers estimated 50,000 people walked the streets of Taipei in two separate routes before converging again at the end of the march.

Supporters held multicoloured placards with the messages ‘Support gay marriage’ and ‘Walk in Queers’ Shoes’.

October 10, 2014

Neil Peng says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has a 'special relationship' with his closest aide

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday found Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng not guilty of defamation for his repeated calls for President Ma Ying-jeou to admit his 'special relationship' with his closest aide.

Ma's aide, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, filed the claim and said he would appeal the ruling.

The author also called King a 'fool,' 'bitch,' 'prostitute' and 'scum.'

October 10, 2014

Neil Peng says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has a 'special relationship' with his closest aide

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday found Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng not guilty of defamation for his repeated calls for President Ma Ying-jeou to admit his 'special relationship' with his closest aide.

Ma's aide, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, filed the claim and said he would appeal the ruling.

The author also called King a 'fool,' 'bitch,' 'prostitute' and 'scum.'

October 7, 2014

The gay icon is a long-standing supporter of LGBTI rights

Taiwanese diva A-mei voiced her support for gay marriage on Sunday at a concert in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

At the appropriately named Rainbow Bay Festival, she came onstage wearing a sticker saying 'legalize gay marriage' on her arm.

Before singing gay anthem Rainbow, A-mei said, 'Today in Taipei there is an extremely meaningful activity, gay marriage equality.

'Although I'm in Kaohsiung, on stage I hope to use this song to support.'

September 27, 2014

The festival will run over two weekends in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30, and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7

While Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 12, 2014

Neil Peng has repeatedly accused the president of having a gay relationship with his closest aide

Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng again called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come out in an online Q&A session despite a pending libel suit against him.

The author and politician said the age of gay stigmatization was over and gay people were just like any other minority such as left-handed people.

He said, 'Today would we discriminate against left-handed people? We not only don't discriminate, we think of them as very valuable, for example [baseball player] Wei-Yin Chen.'

August 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage activists including 28 gay couples made a dramatic entrance at a household registration office in Taipei on Friday

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions.

Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman.

May 18, 2014

'Wrong, shameful, and very sad,' say other gay activists who object to the rally for exploiting the deceased victims to gain media mileage

To mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), several dozen LGBT activists in Taipei erected 100 paper gravestones with the names of international and local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT) people who committed suicide after experiencing discrimination, bullying or violent attacks in front of the Presidential Office Building yesterday.

Each of the tombstones showed a QR code which is linked to a web page that tells the story of the person’s life, the China Times reported.

April 24, 2014

The 2014 Pink Dot concert will be the highlight of Singapore’s LGBTI pride Pink Dot festival on 28 June

Singapore’s Hong Lim Park will once again play host to a range of local performing artists, comedians and musicians at the 2014 Pink Dot Concert, held as part of Pink Dot 2014.

The Pink Dot LGBTI pride festival is an annual event held in Singapore since 2009 and has spawned sister events in Anchorage, Hong Kong, London, Montreal, New York, Okinawa, Taipei and Utah.

The 2014 concert line-up features an eclectic mix of acts from across the entertainment spectrum.

April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

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.