LGBT rights in the Republic of China

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The Republic of China (Taiwan) is one of Asia's most tolerant countries as far as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights are concerned.[1] The government proposed a bill in 2003 to make same-sex marriage legal. It has so far stalled without passage. If the law passes, the ROC would be the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriages. In 2017, the ROC's Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex marriage should become legal within two years. The ROC is also described as the most liberal after over 30,000 people went to the Taiwan Pride parade in 2010 and 2011, making it the largest LGBT event in Asia.[1][2]

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Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes
Equal age of consent Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in employment Yes (Since 2003)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriage(s) Yes
Recognition of same-sex couples Yes
Adoption by same-sex couples No
Gay people allowed to serve in the military Yes (Since 2002)
Right to change legal gender Yes
Access to IVF for lesbians No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark Thompson (5 April 2012). "The Tasty Charms of Taiwan". EdgeBoston.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012. One of Asia’s most progressive countries for LGBT rights, Taiwan has enacted legislation that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people in education or in the workplace, and, since 2011, the nation’s school textbooks have included LGBT topics. With more than 30,000 attendees, Taiwan’s Pride Parade in Taipei is the largest LGBT event in Asia.
  2. Kino (4 November 2011). "Taiwan is so gay". Taiwan Radio International. Retrieved 11 April, 2012. Taiwan held its ninth annual Pride Parade last Saturday. It was the biggest pride parade in all of Asia, and drew an estimated 50,000 people. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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