Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Keeping Legislators Honest – LGBT Style

A new web site keeps tabs on what government officials, legislators, and religious leaders do and say about LGBT issues and same-sex marriage 

As Taiwan’s civil society pushes back against what many regard as increasingly unaccountable executive and legislative branches of the government, a new organization is seeking to counter the influence of conservative elements who, for ideological or religious reasons, are blocking a bill to legalize same-sex unions and bring Taiwan in-line with the spirit of the two U.N covenants it signed in 2009. 

The Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights, an organization formed in March 2014, held a press conference in Taipei on May 7 to unveil PrideWatch (, a new effort that will monitor what lawmakers, political figures, electoral candidates, civil servants and religious leaders do and say about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Special attention will be paid to social activities and political statements that discriminate against the group. 

My article, published today on Thinking Taiwan, continues here. (Photo by the author)

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