In May 2017, Taiwan’s top court issued a landmark decision in favour of marriage equality, after ruling that Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. With parliament set to amend existing laws or pass new legislation within the next 18 months, Taiwan appears to be firmly on track to become the first country in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry.

To mark LGBT History Month in February 2018, Taiwan Insight, in collaboration with WAGIC, provides a special issue to explore the various twists and turns in the decades of activism that led to this pivotal moment in LGBTQ rights in contemporary Taiwan, and what lies ahead in the fight for greater equality across the country. In this special issue, we explore how the LGBTQ community has impacted literature, been challenged on social media, questioned by society and transformed historical representation.

The Taiwan Studies Programme is sponsored by Taiwan Democratic Foundation, a non-profit organisation who work to promote democracy around the world.


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  1. I admit that was a huge progress in the history of humanity, but Taiwan is not a country, nor the first country in Asia to allow the same-sex couple to marry.

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