- LGBT rights in Taiwan
:"This article focuses on the LGBT rights in Taiwan (
Republic of China). For history of the general Chinese nation, see LGBT rights in China." Taiwanis one of Asia's most progressive countries as far as LGBTrights are concerned, not only since the government's plan to introduce same-sex marriagein 2003. Taiwan is also described as the most liberal after almost 15,000 attended the Taiwan Prideparade 2007, making it the largest LGBT event in Asia.
Laws against homosexuality
Today, there are no official laws against homosexuality.
On 17 January 2004 Taipei's police raided and arrested 93 gay men at a private orgy party, amidst allegations that they were using drugs. Many people in Taiwan were shocked by reports which revealed that nearly one-third of the attendees were
HIVpositive. These arrests received severe condemnation from the local gay community. This event is now known as the "HOMEPA" (Home Party) by the Chinese gay community.
Protection based on sexual orientation
In 2007 Taiwan passed legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation at work [ [http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news/archives/taiwan/200755/108825.htm The China Post 5 May 2007] ] . Discrimination against sexual orientation in education has been banned since 2003 through the Gender Equity Education Act.
Recognition of same-sex couples
At the end of October 2003, the
executive branchof the Republic of Chinagovernment ( Executive Yuan) proposed legislation granting marriages and the right to adopt to same-sex couples under the "Human Rights Basic Law"; however it faced opposition among cabinet members and legislators and has been stalled since, and thus not voted on [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3219721.stm BBC News, 28 October 2003] ] [ [http://www.fridae.com/newsfeatures/article.php?articleid=583&viewarticle=1 Fridae.com, 28 October 2003] ] . Currently Taiwan does not have any form of same-sex unions. Should the law pass, Taiwan would be the first country in Asiato permit same-sex marriage.
On 1 November 2003
Taiwan Pride, the first gay pride parade in the Mandarin-speaking world, was held in Taipei, with over 1,000 people attending [ [http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2003/11/02/2003074355 Teipei Times, 02 November 2003] ] . It takes place annually since then, but still, many participants wear masks to hide their identity because homosexuality remains a social tabooin Taiwan. However, the 2007 parade with 10,000 to 15,000 attendees evinces the grown acceptance in Taiwan. (See Taiwan Pride)
In the years 2004 to 2005, the Taiwanese director
Ang Leedirected the gay Western film " Brokeback Mountain", receiving high critical acclaim and academy awards.
A poll of 6,439 adults released in April, 2006 by the National Union of Taiwan Women's Association/Constitutional Reform Alliance concluded that 75% believe homosexual relations are acceptable, while 25% thought they were unacceptable [ [http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/11922 Angus Reid Global Monitor, 18 May 2006] ] .
Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan
* [http://twpride.net/ Taiwan Pride]
* [http://www.outintaiwan.com/ Out in Taiwan]
* [http://www.utopia-asia.com/tipstaiw.htm Utopa Asia on Taiwan]
* [http://www.globalgayz.com/g-taiwan96.html Report: "Gay Taiwan: Loving and Living Gay in Taiwan"]
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