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Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?


Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?


Legal Gender Recognition Possible?


LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?


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LGBTIQ people enjoy widespread legal protections in Taiwan; however, some barriers to full equality remain. In 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, and in 2018, government officials announced that a third gender option on identification documents would be available starting in 2020. Also, in 2018, the Ministry of Health and Welfare effectively banned “conversion therapy” throughout Taiwan, making it only one of five countries to ban these harmful practices. Taiwanese law protects LGBTIQ people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment and education. Historically, LGBTIQ issues and identities were taboo in Taiwan; however, in the past two decades, LGBTIQ people have gained support from the majority of Taiwanese citizens. The media often discusses LGBTIQ issues and depicts LGBTIQ people in an accurate and empathetic manner. There are many prominent LGBTIQ public figures, although LGBTIQ people are underrepresented in positions of power in politics and business.


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Sub-Saharan Africa

Outright supports LGBTIQ organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and works with mainstream human rights organizations to respect human rights and influence positive changes in laws, policies, attitudes and beliefs that cause discrimination against LGBTIQ people.

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United Nations

Our work at the United Nations centers around advocating for the advancement of the rights of LGBTIQ people.

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Our work in Asia promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diversity at all levels of society.

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Middle East and North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa, we partner with local groups in various countries as part of our international solidarity work. We also work with our local partners on different topics through capacity building, advocacy, research and holistic security.

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Europe and Central Asia

Outright International partners with activists to fight for an end to human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Europe and Central Asia, where most of our work involves emergency responses to harassment, discrimination, violence, and most recently, Russia’s brutal and expanded invasion of Ukraine.

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Our work in the Americas continues to build on the fundamental and positive transformation of human rights protections in recent years. We partner with groups in the Caribbean that focus on ending gender-based violence and eradicating discrimination against trans people.

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Our work in the Pacific aims to increase the visibility of activists, respond to human rights emergencies, and actively bridge local, regional, and international activism to achieve equality and justice.

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