1210 "Cherish Every Life, Support Marriage Equality" Concert
On December 10th (Sat), the Human Rights Day, "Cherish Every Life, Support Marriage Equality" Concert is to take place on the Ketagalan Boulevard, Taipei City, with celebrities expressing their support for marriage equality via music, and demanding that no more life should be lost in the LGBT community. Tens of thousands LGBT individuals, their family members and friends would join together to announce that supporting marriage equality is an action that unites people of different political parties, sexual orientations and occupations. LGBT rights are the values of this new world and new era.
Representatives from different kinds of families are invited, including parents who are proud of their LGBT children, Wang Tien-Ming and He Hsiang (lead characters in the famous commercial of "Isabelle," a well-known brand for bridal cakes), long-term same-sex couples like writer Chen Xue and her partner, same-sex couples who raise children together, and heterosexual families that support LGBT rights. All these families have their own unique story, but they all share the same belief: to step up for equal rights, to fight for the right for everyone to enjoy a happy, fulling life.
Support equal rights, support LGBT
In addition to celebrities, representatives from various fields would also be present, showing their support for marriage equality, including Google, HP, CEO of Pegatron Corporation T.H. Tung from the IT industry, DPP legislators Duan Yi-Kuan, Yu Mei-Nu, Chen Man-li, and Lin Jing-Yi, DPP deputy director Hsu Chia-Ching, New Power Party legislators Huang Kuo-Chang, Freddy Lim, Hung Tzu-Yung, KawloIyunPacidal and Hsu Yung-Ming. While KMT legislators Jason Hsu, KoChih-En, Hsu Shu-Hua and Chiang Wan-an are not able to be there in person, they made a short film confirming their support for marriage equality.
Since November, a petition for marriage equality has been gathering signatures in more than 50 professional fields (please see the appendix for the detailed list), including judiciaries, lawyers, notaries, police offers, social workers, teachers, consulting psychiatrists, clinical psychiatrists, psychologists, vocational therapists, public health and HIV/AIDS workers, medical workers, veterinarians, media workers, writers, artists, graphic designers, spaceworkers, together with the fields of history, literature, culture, information, religion, and academics. In addition, university and high school students, as well as the indigenous community and Taiwanese living abroad are also not absent. Individuals from each and every corner of the society has stepped out and voiced our support for the amendment to the Civil Code, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
Non-profit organizations that have been devoted to the promotion of human rights and gender equality in Taiwan would set up their individual stands on the Ketagalan Boulevard, including Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association, Fembooks, Taichung LGBT Pride Community, Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association in Taiwan, Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Covenants Watch, Taiwan LGBT Pride Community, Women Make Wave Taiwan, Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, TransAsia Sisters Association, Judicial Reform Foundation, The Organization of Urban Re-s, Green Citizens' Action Alliance, Humanistic Education Foundation and The Association of Parents Participating Education in Taiwan. In addition to expressing their support for marriage equality with their action, they would also help the general public to learn more about issues occurring in Taiwan, echoing the diverse meanings of Human Rights Day.
No amendment to the Civil Code, no end to discrimination
Since the three versions of marriage equality bill were introduced in October, aruguments made by opponents of the bill have continued to shed light on the discrimination against, exclusion and oppression of the LBGT community. Some even expressed their opposition to gender equity education, which makes us sincerely worried about the situation of young LGBT students in school. We urge legislators and civil groups considering to propose an alternative bill to recongize that, discussions about the bill should be based on the belief of providing the LGBT community with euqal legal protection, and of eliminating the exclusion of as well as discrimination against the community. In order to achieve this goal, we believe that making an amendment to the existing Civil Code is the best, and the least costly way. A civil union act applicable only to same-sex partners that provides less protection than the Civil Code is to neglect the fact that such act would enhance and reproduce the longt-term discrimination suffered by the LGBT community.
See you on 1226: Protect the bill with love, eliminate discrimination with love
The final activity of the day is to project the names of all individuals who passed away due to gender discrimination, as well as their birth and death year, onto the Presidential Office Building. It is the end of our tears and sadness. For our next step, we urge every indivdual who cares about LGBT rights and believes in equality and freedom to return to the Legislative Yuan on December 26th. This time, we would protect with love the bill that will bring equality, and replace discrimination with love. Let us fight for the next generation and create a fair, just world with no discrimination. See you on December 26th!
主辦單位：台灣同志諮詢熱線協會、台灣同志家庭權益促進會、婦女新知基金會、同志人權法案遊說聯盟、Queermosa Awards 酷摩沙獎、同光同志長老教會、真光福音教會、基本制作。
Hosted by: Taiwan Tonzhi Hotline Association, Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy Association, Awakening Foundation, The Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights, Queermosa Awards, Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church, True Light Gospel Church, GB Studio
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