10 Reasons why Taiwan is the Beacon of Gay rights in Asia

When it comes to gay rights in Asia, Taiwan is a world apart. Taiwan has one of the best record for gay rights in Asia. Here are 10 reasons why Taiwan is Asia’s Most LGBT-Friendly Country and a beacon of gay rights in Asia.

  1. 1

    No laws against Homosexuality

    Taiwan does not have any laws against homosexuality, and Taiwan is the only place in Asia where there are anti-discrimination laws on the basis of sexual orientation.

  2. 2

    Gay rights as Human Rights

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    People have begun to recognize gay rights as part of human rights. Anti-homosexual violence in Taiwan is extremely rare, and younger Taiwanese tend to be more accepting of it.

  3. 3

    The Baby Banquet Award

    The Baby Banquet, a film about a non-traditional family with leading gay characters was awarded a prestigious production subsidy award by the Taiwan government.

  4. 4

    Taiwan International Queer Film Festival

    Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, established a year ago, is already the sixth most popular film festival in Taiwan, beating out film festivals that have been around for decades.

  5. 5

    Taiwanese culture

    Taiwan is the only country in Asia that’s progressive enough to recognize LGBT rights and support LGBT cinematic, artistic expression. People in Taiwan are very open-minded, and in many ways the Taiwan government is liberal too. Taiwanese culture is very tolerant of almost everything because they think there’s a reason for it and respect it.

  6. 6

    Taiwan’s population supports same-sex Marriage Rights

    A 2014 poll showed that more than 65 percent of Taiwan’s population supports same-sex marriage rights. Taiwan will probably be the first country in Asia to legalize gay marriage. A marriage equality bill is currently under government review.

  7. 7

    Asia’s largest annual LGBT Pride Celebration

    Taiwan is home to Asia’s largest annual LGBT Pride celebration, vibrant nightlife, and progressive politics that include protections for Taipei’s LGBT residents.

  8. 8

    Collective Wedding

    Department of civil affairs in many cities, including the capital, Taipei have welcomed same-sex couples to attend city collective weddings.

  9. 9

    LGBT community

    Taipei boasts a lively LGBT community and one of the friendliest receptions in Asia.

  10. 10

    Education & Protection

    Ministry of Education requires textbooks to promote tolerance for gays and lesbians. Legislators in Taiwan have passed protections for gays, including a law against workplace discrimination. Openly gay and lesbian soldiers can serve in the Taiwan military.

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