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Taiwan: Gay-themed children’s book sparks education row

Taiwan: Gay-themed children’s book sparks education row

A gay-themed children’s book about two princes, who fall in love and get married, has sparked protests by parents in Taiwan, after it was added to a government-backed reading programme. “King & King”, originally published in Dutch, follows the story of a young prince, who was pressured by his mother to marry a princess, but […]

Giant rainbow flag unfurled in front of Taiwan autocrat’s memorial hall

Giant rainbow flag unfurled in front of Taiwan autocrat’s memorial hall

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people thronged a central square in Taiwan’s capital Taipei for a Pride event on Sunday, unfurling a giant rainbow flag in front of the main memorial hall for late autocratic leader, Chiang Kai-shek, before being ushered away by police. Proudly democratic Taiwan is a bastion of liberal values, in a part […]

Taiwan: Over 100,000 at Pride March in Taipei

(Reuters) – More than 100,000 people thronged the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, on Saturday, for East Asia’s largest Pride march, months after the self-ruled island began formally allowing same-sex marriage, the first place in Asia to do so. Proudly democratic Taiwan is a bastion of liberal values, in a part of the world where […]

Taiwan: Boys may wear skirts with school’s gender-neutral plan

Taiwan: Boys may wear skirts with school’s gender-neutral plan

Both male and female students will be allowed to wear skirts at a school in Taiwan, after it announced plans to drop gender-specific uniforms on Wednesday, a move LGBT+ campaigners said was a boost for gender equality. The change, a rare move in Asia where traditional values often prevail, came after male students and teachers […]

China: LGBT+ groups say years away from same-sex marriage

China: LGBT+ groups say years away from same-sex marriage

China is at least a decade away from allowing same-sex marriages, with the current priorities on introducing anti-discrimination laws, letting LGBT+ groups raise awareness without fear, and banning conversion therapy, LGBT+ campaigners said on Thursday. Taiwan’s parliament this month legalised same-sex marriage, and more than 360 gay couples married on May 24, after years of […]

Taiwan: Asia’s first same-sex marriages

Taiwan: Asia’s first same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – Same-sex couples tied the knot in emotional scenes in Taiwan on Friday, the first legal marriages in Asia, hailed by activists as a social revolution for the region. Taiwan’s parliament passed a bill last week that endorsed same-sex marriage, although the measure could complicate President Tsai Ing-wen’s bid for re-election next year.

Taiwan: Lawmakers back same-sex marriage

Taiwan: Lawmakers back same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers of the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27, although the measure could complicate President Tsai […]

Taiwan unveils Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage

Taiwan unveils Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Taiwan on Thursday proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia’s first such bill, but the legislation was criticised by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over marriage equality. Voters opposed marriage equality in a series of referendums late last year, defining marriage as between a man and […]

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Asian countries holding elections this year must be ready to protect the rights of LGBT+ communities, ahead of a likely rise in anti-gay rhetoric by politicians, rights groups said on Tuesday. A number of countries across the region are set to go to the polls in 2019, including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, and […]

Taiwan: Tech, banks back same-sex marriage ahead of referendum

Taiwan: Tech, banks back same-sex marriage ahead of referendum

Banking and technology giants, including JPMorgan, Google, and Microsoft on Friday threw their support behind a campaign for same-sex marriage in Taiwan, days before a referendum. Taiwan’s top court declared last year that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, but conservative groups successfully petitioned for a referendum, and the island will hold a […]