For China’s LGBTQ people, Taiwan’s rainbow victory is a moment of joy and pain

 | 
05/23/2019

When Chinese gay rights activist Peng Yanhui heard that Taiwan had approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on May 17 as he boarded a flight, he burst into tears of joy. “I was crying so hard on the plane that flight attendants wanted to find out what had happened,” said the director of the China Rainbow Media Awards, an LGBTQ rights advocacy group. Peng wasn’t alone. The ruling provoked strong emotion among China’s LGBTQ community. On Friday, as the first same-sex weddings take place in Taiwan, that group — some of whom are just 100 kilometers away in mainland China — will be watching with mixed feelings. In one way, the moment could be a turning point for the whole of Asia, where countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia have recently become more conservative towards LGBTQ rights.

Regions: , ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 09/21/2023
09/20/2023
The 69 suspects who were arrested in Nigeria last month in connection with an alleged gay wedding have been released on bail. Over 200 people …
Added on: 09/21/2023
09/20/2023
The country’s first female, and youngest-ever, president was in the LGBTQ+ community’s good books earlier this year when she vetoed an inhumane bill that would have …
Added on: 09/21/2023
09/20/2023
The U.S. Census Bureau asked the Biden administration Tuesday for permission to test questions about sexual orientation and gender identity for people age 15 …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from , ,

Added on: 09/18/2023
In a society that prides itself on rapid technological progress and embracing modernity, it’s striking how resistant certain facets of South Korea remain towards …
Added on: 09/18/2023
Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital opened up India’s first transgender Outpatient Department (OPD) on Sunday inching towards an inclusive and easily accessible healthcare system …
Added on: 09/17/2023
From Lebanon to Iraq, politicians in the Middle East have stepped up their anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, raising concerns about an increase in homophobic violence and …