Hotline Calls Increase after LGBTQ Referendum in Taiwan

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12/02/2018

After losing three referendums regarding LGBTQ rights, Taiwanese calls to a LGBTQ helpline jumped 40%, reported Gay Star News. The Taiwain Tongzhi Hotline, which is dedicated to LGBTQ phone counseling, received an influx of calls both during and after the referendum. “Phone calls from LGBTQ+ people and parents who have LGBTQ+ children have both increases,” said Sih-Cheng Du. “Four calls out of ten are about referendum topics.” Last week, voters in Taiwan voted no to changing the Civil Code to allow same-sex marriage and teach gender equality in schools. Voters also decided to keep the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.The hotline also saw a spike in people reaching out through Facebook, received double the normal number of messages.

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