This past Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, thousands of people flooded the streets in support of gay marriage. IN fact, this was the largest gay pride parade in Asia EVER! Naturally, the street was sprinkled with color.
Aren’t they beautiful?
The gay marriage bill has been under review by Taiwan’s legislature as of Friday.
As of now, 53% of people are in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Taiwan, an encouraging number due to how conservative that country is historically.
In comparison, Taiwan is much farther along as far as gay acceptance is concerned.
“Chinese families are still very traditional,” said Jennifer Lu of the counseling group Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association and one of the hosts on the centre stage. “People still emphasize having an heir and passing on the family name.”
Despite this sad truth, Taiwan is taking long strides in the right direction. They even have sexual-orientation education as part of the curriculum in the primary level of the schooling system.
“Neil Peng, co-writer of “The Wedding Banquet”, an early film focusing on a same-sex relationship, said Taiwan’s gay community had been helped by uncensored discussion in the arts.”
I hope discussions such as these in the arts continue to encourage the gay community, hopefully influencing the legislature to amend the gay marriage bill in Taiwan.
“New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to permit same-sex marriage this year and the Australian Capital Territory approved the measure this week.”
Hopefully, having large marches like the one exhibited on Saturday will influence lawmakers to change their minds.
How could you not? Just look at the outfits some Taiwanese wore. They’re just adorable!
As I’ve previously expressed in my earlier blogs, everyone has the right to love whomever they choose.