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Asia’s largest LGBTI rights conference opens in Taipei

Asia’s largest LGBTI rights conference opens in Taipei

Asia’s largest LGBTI rights conference is underway in Taipei – at the Chientan Overseas Youth Activity Center – from today till Friday.

The meeting is the sixth regional conference of ILGA-Asia, the Asian chapter of the Geneva-headquartered International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Attendees, who are predominantly LGBTI rights activists in Asia as well as representatives from human and gay rights NGOs, are expected to discuss same-sex marriage rights, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT rights in Muslim societies.

Other issues on the agenda include strategies to fight anti-gay laws in countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka as well as to support vulnerable LGBT communities following the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and Nepal’s earthquake six months ago, according to the Age of Queer blog.

The organizer of the conference is Taiwanese LGBT advocacy group Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotline Association.

The European Union provided 40,000 euros (US$44,131) in funding, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

The city will host Asia’s largest LGBTI pride parade on Saturday. An estimated 65,000 people took part in last year’s parade.