We take a close look at what it is like to be gay in Taiwan today and discuss whether the advance towards marriage equality actually reflects deeper progress across Taiwan society. On May 24, after decades of protest by the LGBT community in Taiwan, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. While the court’s decision didn’t immediately legalize gay marriage, it gave Taiwan's government two years to implement the ruling, and said if the law isn’t changed within two years, same-sex couples could get married regardless. In the wake of the Court’s decision, Taiwan was heralded for being one of the most progressive countries in Asia. While this may be true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Taiwan society is particularly advanced when it comes to accepting people from the LGBT community.
June 15 / The News Lens