On the last Saturday of October, I went to Taiwan Pride 2015. GLBT rights is something that’s been close to my heart since I was in high school. There’s been a lot of progress in the US, but Taiwan is still pushing for some of those core rights and representations.
That’s a lot of syllables, so let’s look at this photo of my friend Yingle throwing the horns. Yeah! Human rights! Let’s rock this parade!
GLBT rights have kicked up in Taiwan over the past few years. In 2003, Taipei saw 300 people march in Taiwan’s first pride parade in Taipei. In 2015, Taipei saw 78,000 people march in the 13th annual pride parade.
Right now, there’s an annual pride parade in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. More and more people are out to their friends and family, and over 50% of the Taiwanese population is okay with changing the law to allow same-sex marriage.
Our world has presented us with so many tricky problems: poverty, education access, resource-scarcity, pollution. Statistics, economics, transportation, exports, imports, trade-balances, copyright, supply-demand, all sorts of complicated interactions where the questions pile up into an endless cluster of confusion.
I see same-sex marriage as one of those simple fixes. Just change the law, and it’s done. The law isn’t taking anything away from someone, it’s just acknowledging a human right.
For me, this is a simple human rights issue. I’m glad to see progress over the years, and it’s one of my fondest hopes that someday the entire world will allow same-sex marriage. Sure, it’s not going to fix all discrimination, or magically patch everyone’s lives. Still, it’ll have an impact.
Laws are a society’s definition of what is right and what is wrong. Laws tell us what it means to be a citizen, and by extension what that a society believes it means to be human. I very much hope for a future where Taiwan joins the list of nations who have legalized same sex marriage. The change in the law matters a lot for not only quite a few of my friends, but for showing Taiwan’s citizens and the world the kind of society that Taiwan wishes to become.