【台灣同志遊行／網路媒體新聞】131026 新頭殼：生理女性同志上空遊行 遭警告妨害風化／中央社：同志遊行 裸身捍衛性別平等權／yam蕃薯藤新聞：台灣同志大遊行 日本、韓國包車參與2013-10-27
【台灣同志遊行／終點舞台倡議紀實】131027 公視新聞議題中心：同志大遊行 黃耀明：發現自己不是世界上唯一孽子／附日日春鍾君竺完整發言稿2013-10-27
2013年10月26日 嚴思祺 BBC中文網台灣特約記者
台灣同志遊行聯盟發言人Albert Yang接受BBC中文網訪問時表示，今年主題是「看見同性戀 2.0：正視性難民、斗陣來相挺」，用以凸顯第一屆遊行迄今社會環境與觀念仍然停滯不前，希望受到壓迫的朋友一起站出來，讓社會正視現有體制不公，以爭取公平正義的分配。
Tens Of Thousands March For Same-Sex Marriage In Taiwan
TAIPEI, Oct 25 Reuters (路透社) By Michael Gold
Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press demands to legalise same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation.
Organisers and participants said they were heartened by the prospect of same-sex marriage becoming a reality, despite enduring traditional attitudes among many residents.
Taiwan’s legislature on Friday began a review of a gay marriage bill, which has the support of 53 percent of the public, according to a recent opinion poll, though acceptance of a gay family member remains low.
“Chinese families are still very traditional,” said Jennifer Lu of the counselling group Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association and one of the hosts on the centre stage. “People still emphasise having an heir and passing on the family name.”
On a cool autumn day, the 11th annual parade was marked by colourful costumes, plenty of exposed skin, musical performances and vendors lining the route to and from the city hall.
Spokeswoman Meico Tsai praised the liberal attitudes that have put Taiwan far ahead of its neighbours in terms of tolerance of gays. “Compared to other Asian countries, we’re more open, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.
Sexual-orientation education is a part of the primary school curriculum and LGBT individuals enjoy legal protection from hiring discrimination and other forms of prejudice.
“Korea is much more conservative,” said South Korean national Carmen Yoon, a first-time attendee. “I hope Taiwan will legalise gay marriage and we can follow their example.”
Taiwan, where Chinese nationalist forces fled after being defeated by the Communists in 1949, is a self-governing nation that is claimed by China. A former dictatorship, it underwent a peaceful transition to democracy in the 1980s and has developed one of the most thriving civil societies in Asia.
Mainland China maintains a largely indifferent attitude toward LGBT issues as cities boast thriving yet underground gay cultures. Legal protections are virtually nonexistent and though gay marriage has been proposed in Beijing’s rubber-stamp parliament, it has never been placed on the agenda.
New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to permit same-sex marriage this year and the Australian Capital Territory approved the measure this week.
Neil Peng, co-writer of “The Wedding Banquet”, an early film focusing on a same-sex relationship, said Taiwan’s gay community had been helped by uncensored discussion in the arts.
He pointed to the effect throughout Chinese-speaking countries of the best-selling book “Crystal Boys”.
“These kinds of works force people to face facts,” he said.
Thousands march in Taiwan for same-sex marriage
Tens of thousands of people rallied in Taiwan on Saturday in Asia’s largest gay parade, as the island’s parliament was set to review a bill on same-sex marriages.
Holding rainbow flags, colorful placards and balloons, participants from Taiwan, several Asian countries, the United States and Europe marched the streets in a bustling business district in Taipei for the 11th annual parade, organizers said.
“This year’s theme is ’The voice of sexual sufferer’, which was the main appeal for our very first parade. We want to show support for those who are still suffering or being discriminated against for their sexualities,” said Albert Yang, a spokesman for the event.
The rally came as Taiwan’s parliament on Friday decided to begin reviewing a bill to amend the Civil Code in order to allow same-sex marriages. The bill, proposed by opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers, will be discussed by the parliament’s judiciary committee.
“For me legalizing same-sex marriages is the most important issue because it will mean a big step forwards for equal rights. I hope the parliament will pass the bill soon,” said Chang Hsiao-mao, a 24-year-old service industry worker who came with 200 others he met on Facebook.
Gay and lesbian groups in Taiwan, one of Asia’s more liberal societies, have been urging the government for years to make same-sex unions legal.
The advocacy group, Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, which drafted the bill on legalizing same-sex marriage and civil partnership, has said it was optimistic as public support in Taiwan has been growing amid a global trend to recognise such unions.
Last year, around 65,000 gays and lesbians and their supporters marched in Taiwan in a record turnout to push for legalizing same-sex marriage, according to organizers.
However, the campaign suffered a setback in January when Chen Ching-hsueh and partner Kao Chih-wei dropped their appeal to an administrative court against a government agency which had rejected their marriage registration in 2011.
Chen said he had “lost his faith in the judiciary” but added that death threats to him and his parents via Facebook had been among factors prompting him to abandon the appeal.
Thousands take to Taipei streets for gay pride event
2013-10-27 Taipei Times By Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Tens of thousands of people yesterday took part in the annual gay pride parade in Taipei, calling on the public to give more support to equal rights not only for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, but also for all sexual minorities.
Not long after the parade departed from the square in front of Taipei City Hall, participants were asked to leave their palm prints with rainbow colors on the “wailing wall of the rainbow”— essentially six large white banners that bear the slogans “no to sexual oppression,” “no to discrimination,” “condemnation against bullying,” “I want my fundamental rights,” “I want my civil rights” and “I support diversity in family formation” — hoping to raise awareness among the public about sexual oppression and discrimination.
The crowd carried the banners with them after dying them with the colors of the rainbow as they marched.
As many as 60,000 people took part in the parade, with more than 4,000 from abroad, organizers said.
“Equal rights is everybody’s business, not just LGBT people’s,” said a woman who wished to be known as Jenny and participated with her husband and their son. “We’re taking our son to the parade, because we want him to learn the importance of respecting sexual diversity.”
Hong Kong singer Anthony Wong (黃耀明), who publicly came out last year, also took part in the parade, and spoke to the crowd after the parade returned to the square in front of Taipei City Hall a little after 4pm.
Recalling his youth, the 51-year-old singer said that it was difficult to be gay in the 1980s, when Hong Kong society was very conservative regarding homosexuality, calling himself a “sexual refugee.”
“During that time, I could only take refuge at places where other LGBT people gather, such as the New Park,” Wong said, referring to the nickname of the 228 Peace Park in Taipei, which used to be a popular gathering place for LGBT people at night.
“Decades have passed. I’m glad that today, when I come to Taipei, I no longer have to hide in the New Park at night; rather, I can be here in front of the Taipei City Hall during the day,” he said. “Although Taiwan and Hong Kong may face different political and social challenges, I believe that we should go hand-in-hand in the global movement for equal rights, because we share the same objective.”
Tsai Yu-lin (蔡育林), who came to prominence after organizing a sex party in a private train carriage, showed up to voice his support for legalizing same-sex marriage.
“Love is not something that can be restricted by the law, and if the law makes people suffer instead of bringing happiness to the people, it should not exist,” Tsai said.
“Many homophonic people consider homosexuality a disease, and therefore say that homosexuality or same-sex marriage should be prohibited by law,” he said. “Well, as I am afraid of suffering a stroke, can I ask lawmakers to make a law to prohibit strokes, so that no one will ever suffer one?”
Representatives from other sexual minority groups — including bisexuals, intersexuals and handicapped homosexuals — also appealed to the crowd for protection of their rights, saying such groups are sometimes “minorities among minorities” when compared to mainstream LGBT groups.
Tens of thousands join LGBT Pride Parade in Taipei
Taipei, Oct. 26 (CNA 台灣中央社) 2013/10/26
Tens of thousands of gay rights supporters on Saturday took to the streets in Taipei for the LGBT Pride Parade, the largest such event in Asia calling for an end to discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Sporting colorful costumes and cross-dressing, the participants at the 11th Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade showed their support by making a hand print on a large white banner, using six different colors that represent different human rights, including the right not to be bullied and the right to have diverse partnerships legalized.
More than 10 different musical and dance performances were given. And nearly 20 social movement organizations were introduced during the parade to share their ideas related to HIV, sexual minorities and civil partnerships.
“Ten years ago what we asked for was simply to be acknowledged; now we want to challenge the authority for real rights,” said Hu Hsiang, a college student who has participated at the event for the fourth time.
Hu’s words reflected the theme this year: Make LGBT Visible 2.0.
The organizers said the parade was aimed at renewing the appeal of the first Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade, Make LGBT Visible.
It is hoped that with the notion of “2.0,” the public could revisit the issue more seriously as human rights have not improved for homosexual and bisexual people in the past decade, according to the Taiwan LGBT Pride Community.
The organization said it also wishes to raise awareness of the disadvantaged in society, and call for collaboration and mutual support among people in the community to resist the injustice.
The participation was similar to last year, when the parade attracted a record 65,000 people, according to the organizers.
About 4,000 foreign nationals took part in the event, a significant rise compared with some 3,000 last year, the organization said.
Among them was Jerry Jackson, a 60-year-old university professor from California, who said the vibe he experienced during the event reflected the universal call for equality.
“All we want is equality to be free, to be who we are, and to love who we choose,” he said. (Lee Hsin-Yin)