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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.

March 27, 2015

Ex-boyfriend posts naked photos of him online

A manager at a state-owned enterprise has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for having a gay affair.

Chen Peijiang, a vice-general manager at Zhejiang Energy in Hangzhou, was punished for his 'unethical lifestyle' after his ex-boyfriend posted photos of them having sex online.

His ex, a 23-year-old college student surnamed Lu, also accused the older man of corruption and threatening to harm him and his family.

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 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.

February 5, 2015

Organizers apologize after a fierce backlash

The organizer of an women's e-sports tournament in the Philippines has lifted restrictions on LGBTI players after a fierce backlash.

Garena Philippines eSports Tuesday (3 February) announced a monthly 'all-feminine' League of Legends tournament called the Iron Solaris, but limited each five-woman team to only one LGBTI player.

League of Legends is an online game played by more the 64 million people a month, and is operated by Garena in Taiwan and much of southeast Asia.

February 4, 2015

Organizers say LGBTI gamers 'probably have some unfair advantage'

The organizer of an women's e-sports tournament in the Philippines has restricted the number of LGBTI players in each team in order to 'ensure a level playing field.'

Garena eSports yesterday (3 February) announced a monthly 'all-feminine' League of Legends tournament called the Iron Solaris.

League of Legends is an online game played by more the 64 million people a month and is operated by Garena in much of southeast Asia and Taiwan.

December 25, 2014

Adults can change their legal gender after a 6-month consideration period

Activists and politicians have given a big Christmas present to the transgender community in Taiwan.

In a month, the Taiwanese authorities will stop requiring trans people to undergo reassignment operation before changing their legal gender, scrapping a policy that they now consider 'inhumane'.

A special gender change commmitee will be set up to consider applications filed by trans individuals aged 18 or above, who will each be given a 6-month consideration period.

December 22, 2014

Governing party vehemently opposes marriage equality and controls both the presidency and the legislature

The judiciary committee of Taiwan’s legislature today (22 December) held a hearing on two same-sex marriage legislations proposed by members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

This marked the first time a legislative debate on same-sex marriage was conducted in Taiwan, as the governing party, the Chinese Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT) vehemently opposes marriage equality and blocked all efforts in the past.

December 18, 2014

'The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory suppression of student group activities'

A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was 'afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening' has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.

December 16, 2014

Kiss took an hour to shoot

The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai locks lips with actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same.

The clip is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years.

However, when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner could not sign the consent form because she was not a legal spouse or family member.

When medical staff asked, 'What is your relationship with the patient?' she could only answer, 'A good friend.'

December 15, 2014

Transgender people in Taiwan still must undergo psychiatric evaluations and surgery before legally changing gender

In December of last year, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) in Taiwan recommended that transgender individuals wishing to change their genders should not have to go through psychiatric evaluations nor be subjected to surgery removing their sex organs.

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.'

December 4, 2014

Department's book on modern marriage says diverse gender identities and same-sex love deserve equal respect and treatment

Taiwan's interior ministry has said gay marriage is 'an inborn right everyone can pursue, despite it being illegal in the country.

After two years of compilation, the department published a book entitled Modern Citizen Marriage on Tuesday (2 December) to 'promote new thinking and practices for compatriots planning weddings.'

The book includes a passage on gay marriage that reads:

'Apart from marriage between a man and woman, diverse gender concepts and gay love should also, in modernity, receive equal respect and treatment.

December 4, 2014

Department's book on modern marriage says diverse gender identities and same-sex love deserve equal respect and treatment

Taiwan's interior ministry has said gay marriage is 'an inborn right everyone can pursue, despite it being illegal in the country.

After two years of compilation, the department published a book entitled Modern Citizen Marriage on Tuesday (2 December) to 'promote new thinking and practices for compatriots planning weddings.'

The book includes a passage on gay marriage that reads:

'Apart from marriage between a man and woman, diverse gender concepts and gay love should also, in modernity, receive equal respect and treatment.

December 3, 2014

Politicians realize today's voters take seriously how gay-friendly they are

Queer politics was never really visible in Taiwan until September last year when the Marriage Equality Bill was incorporated into parliament’s agenda. This year, the political atmosphere has been even more intensified and heightened by the LGBTI rights movement.

People of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are eagerly calling for an LGBTI-friendly government, although not everyone, including LGBTI rights advocates and activists, regards this as a queering of politics.

December 3, 2014

Politicians realize today's voters take seriously how gay-friendly they are

Queer politics was never really visible in Taiwan until September last year when the Marriage Equality Bill was incorporated into parliament’s agenda. This year, the political atmosphere has been even more intensified and heightened by the LGBTI rights movement.

People of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are eagerly calling for an LGBTI-friendly government, although not everyone, including LGBTI rights advocates and activists, regards this as a queering of politics.

November 27, 2014

See more boys in skirts inside

National Taiwan University is calling for male students to wear skirts every day in the month of December to 'break the traditional gender frame.'

The Gender Workshop Society said it was launching 'Men's Skirt Month' to 'eliminate something that society had gender-kidnapped.'

The group added that they hoped transgender and cross-dressing students would 'feel surrounded by supportive friends.'

At the time of writing, 500 students had joined the event on Facebook.

November 13, 2014

Less than 5 per cent seek help from formal institutions

More than half of all LGBTI people in Taiwan have suffered abuse at the hands of a partner, according to a new survey.

The Modern Women's Foundation surveyed 529 LGBTI people aged 15 to 50 between 13 and 27 October and released the results yesterday (12 November).

The survey found that the most common form of abuse was control (51.2 per cent), followed by stalking (49.4 per cent) and attacks or self-harm (24.8 per cent).

November 13, 2014

Less than 5 per cent seek help from formal institutions

More than half of all LGBTI people in Taiwan have suffered abuse at the hands of a partner, according to a new survey.

The Modern Women's Foundation surveyed 529 LGBTI people aged 15 to 50 between 13 and 27 October and released the results yesterday (12 November).

The survey found that the most common form of abuse was control (51.2 per cent), followed by stalking (49.4 per cent) and attacks or self-harm (24.8 per cent).

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 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 13, 2014

Who needs a rainbow unicorn or a pussycat when you've got the snail?

A new species of snail was named in honor of same-sex marriage, it was announced today (13 October).

Scientists in Taiwan have paid tribute to marriage equality and diverse families by naming a new endemic land snail species after community, saying they believe this snail encapsulates everything in its shell that makes LGBTI people special.

The species was long assumed to be closely related to another species, the Aegista subchinensis.