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.
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.
Gay rights as Human Rights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Department of civil affairs in many cities, including the capital, Taipei have welcomed same-sex couples to attend city collective weddings.
Taipei boasts a lively LGBT community and one of the friendliest receptions in Asia.
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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