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  • In Taiwan, our culture is not really used to talking about love or your feelings.

  • Especially when you are before 18 years old.

  • So when I was young, my parents and my teachers always told me, don’t think about anything.

  • The only thing you need to do is study.

  • And go to a good university and your life will win.

  • The Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association was founded in 1998.

  • It is dedicated to the achievement of equality for LGBTI people in Taiwan.

  • I have been working in Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association for 12 years.

  • Tongzhi means LGBTIQ in Mandarin pronunciation.

  • We don't have lots of hate crime or physical bullying in schools.

  • But people just think you don’t exist.

  • Especially when I was young.

  • When I was in senior high school or in the university.

  • A lot of teenagers committed suicide at that time because they don’t have anyone

  • to talk, to discuss their worries and their feelings, their relationship, their love stories.

  • Tongzhi Hotline was the first LGBTI organization in Taiwan and remains its largest.

  • Today, it works across various regions in Taiwan, with offices in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

  • Basically, in the very beginning, I provided a lot of community services

  • like support group and also phone counseling.

  • And also we helped teenagers who live in the campus who need a support system.

  • And also we helped the parents who have LGBT children.

  • After a few years, I started to think the policy is really important.

  • Two years ago, I tried to win the legislative position in Taiwan.

  • So, I’m also the first—I think I’m the firstcoming out lesbian candidate in Taiwan as well.

  • The Tongzhi Hotline is leading the charge to make Taiwan

  • the first place in Asia to achieve marriage equality.

  • We want to build a more friendly society.

  • So the best way is marriage equality.

  • However, we do have a very important policy, in 2004.

  • Every studentfrom elementary school to a senior in high schoolthey have to take

  • at least four hours of class about gender education.

  • And the gender education includes LGBT education.

  • At that timeyou can think 2004—an elementary school student might be seven.

  • Right now, he or she is 20.

  • So in our 20s generation, the percentage of support for marriage equality is really high. It’s over 85 percent.

  • So policy, indeed, impacts people a lot.

  • So we are facing a really serious battle. One side is love and acceptance.

  • And the other side is hatred, fears, and also rumors around Taiwan.

  • So this battle is still going on.

  • So we are trying our best to impact the middle people, to support us on our side.

In Taiwan, our culture is not really used to talking about love or your feelings.

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Taiwan on the Brink of Marriage Equality

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    鄭小鬼 posted on 2017/06/19
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