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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 14, 2014

Public Television Service will tomorrow show 'Penguins at North Pole', where a mother’s attempt to change her lesbian daughter brings some difficult choices

Gone are the days when gay-themed movies or TV series in Taiwan nearly all ended as sadly as 'Crystal Boys' or 'Eternal Summer'.

Tomorrow night (March 16), public service broadcaster PTS will air 'Penguins at North Pole', a 30-minute short that is billed as the first gay family light comedy there.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

February 18, 2014

LEZS editor-in-chief Wang Ann-jiun urges other gay celebrities to follow her example for gay rights

The editor-in-chief of a lesbian magazine has publicly come out as gay at Taiwan’s legislative building today (18 Feb).

Wang Ann-jiun, whose LEZS is billed as Asia’s only lesbian lifestyle magazine, made her sexual orientation known, as she and other gay rights supporters met with the Legislative Yuan President to seek help in facilitating changes to the Civil Code.

‘I was born a lesbian,’ said the 32 year-old Wang, in front of the President.

January 25, 2014

Individuals who oppose gay equality should not be appointed to the Committee for Gender Equality, say gay rights groups

Sexuality rights NGOs including the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) have raised their objection to Taiwan’s Ministry of Education’s appointment of individuals who have opposed gay equality and gay adoption to the Committee for Gender Equality. 

January 13, 2014

ELEMENT Magazine lists its nominees for its first Asia Pink Awards, celebrating the businesses and individuals at the forefront of an LGBTI revolution

The Asian LGBTI world is growing at record pace. But this development hasn’t happened by accident. It’s the result of tireless work by an army of dedicated heroes, many of them volunteers.

Now ELEMENT Magazine – dedicated to gay men in Asia – has decided to celebrate its first anniversary by recognizing some of those champions.

Its inaugural Asia Pink Awards celebrates some of the individuals and champions who are helping make the continent a better place for all LGBTI people.

December 29, 2013

It was an uphill battle in the struggle for LGBTI rights in Asia during 2013, with some small gains but also some major set backs

2013 was a year in which LGBTI rights reforms were more warmly welcomed by many governments across the Asian region, but the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality cast a heavy shadow over the year.

2013 was also a year where new frontrunners emerged in the race to become the first Asian nation legalize same-sex marriage, with Vietnam and Taiwan emerging as strong contenders to become the first to allow same-sex couples to wed.

December 26, 2013

A university chapel has hosted Taiwan’s first Christian religious marriage services this week - though the marriages will not be legally recognized by the state

Three  Taiwanese couples married in a Christian chapel on the grounds of Tunghai University in the city of Taichung on Tuesday in what are believed to be the first Christian same-sex weddings in Taiwan.

The couples and their friends and supporters packed the university’s Luce Memorial Chapel before posing for wedding photos.

The ceremonies were presided over by the Rev Elias Tseng – the first openly gay Christian pastor in Taiwan.

December 25, 2013

'A Ken’s Happy Home' features nine men of different traits living under the same roof

A social-minded government primary school teacher has teamed up with an illustrator to produce a picture book to promote equality education in gender and sexual orientation.

The children’s book, whose title translates as ‘A Ken’s Happy Home’, is based on genuine local gay families and is the first of its kind in Taiwan.

‘Love makes a family,’ said author Liu Jia-yu, who has taught in Kaohsiung for 13 years.

December 23, 2013

20,000 people attended a free concert by Taiwanese pop star A-mei in Taipei on Sunday aimed at showing support for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the Asian nation

20,000 people attended a free concert in support of Taiwan becoming the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Sunday.

The concert was held by Taiwanese pop star A-mei who not only performed for free but picked up the cost of holding the concert which was over US$100,000.

A-mei is the first and most high profile Taiwanese celebrity to back the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan and performed 22 acoustic songs during the concert, which she began with her hit song ‘Sisters.’

December 23, 2013

20,000 people attended a free concert by Taiwanese pop star A-mei in Taipei on Sunday aimed at showing support for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the Asian nation

20,000 people attended a free concert in support of Taiwan becoming the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Sunday.

The concert was held by Taiwanese pop star A-mei who not only performed for free but picked up the cost of holding the concert which was over US$100,000.

A-mei is the first and most high profile Taiwanese celebrity to back the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan and performed 22 acoustic songs during the concert, which she began with her hit song ‘Sisters.’

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 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 8, 2013

The Taiwanese kid wants to let cancer patients wear a wig made from his hair

‘People should help others whenever they can.’

It was this belief that drove Lucas Lee, then only a first-grader, to start keeping his hair uncut five years ago, when his mother said selling his soft and smooth hair could help other children undergoing chemotherapy, Apple Daily reports.

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.

November 3, 2013

Trans woman arriving from Taiwan was subjected to ridicule and an invasive body search for over nine hours

A South American transgender woman has has claimed Hong Kong customs officials behaved 'like animals' during a body search which lasted more than nine hours.

 

The woman, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, arrived at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong to apply for asylum in the city.

 

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 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 22, 2013

Religious groups in Taiwan start signature campaign to prevent parliament from amending civil code

Close on the heels of LGBT rights groups stepping up their campaign to press for a civil code amendment that will legalize same-sex weddings in Taiwan, now religious organizations have jumped into the fray, seeking public support to block the amendment.

The Taiwan Religious Groups Caring Family Alliance, an umbrella of religious bodies, is opposing same-sex marriages on the ground that they will lead to the legalization of adultery and incest and promote promiscuity.

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.

August 22, 2013

According to new polling, 53% of people in Taiwan support same-sex couples being allowed to marry, with support far higher than that still among people under 30

A new opinion poll conducted in Taiwan has found broad support for LGBT equality, with a majority now saying they would support same-sex marriage.

The Social Change Survey, commissioned by a group of media companies, found 53% of the people polled wanted reform on the issue while only 37% were opposed.

This was compared to only 25% in 2003 when 55% were opposed.

Among respondents under 30 support was far higher, at 78%.

July 24, 2013

Beijing’s LGBT Center has released a short documentary on its work to celebrate the organization’s 5th anniversary

The Beijing LGBT Center has produced a 14 minute documentary about the organization’s work and trials and tribulations during its first 5 years to celebrate its 5th anniversary.

In the video, ‘From Me to We – 5 Years with the Beijing LGBT Center,’ staff and volunteers talk about what the Beijing LGBT Center means to them and the experiences that have touched them during their time with the center.