Taiwan is celebrating the anniversary of the same-sex marriage bill, which officially took effect on May 24 last year. According to Ministry of the Interior statistics, a total of 4,021 same-sex couples had married as of May.
Last Friday, the Rainbow Equality Platform released an opinion poll about Taiwanese’s attitude toward same-sex marriage. Among the respondents, 92.8 percent said same-sex marriage does not affect them personally, and 50.1 percent of them said such union does not affect Taiwan’s society. However, 74.1 percent of them said it is acceptable to see straight couples kissing in the street; the figure dropped to 48.2 percent for gay couples.
Another poll, by the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, showed that the treatment of LGBT employees in the workplace has improved in recent years. Among the respondents, 38.1 percent said LGBT employees are coming out in their own companies, rising from 27.3 percent in 2016 — with the lowest rate in the relatively conservative public, education and financial sectors.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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