Taiwan

At a glance

  • Same-sex relations: legal
  • Legal gender recognition: possible
  • Registration of LGBTIQ organizations: possible
  • Actions related to SOGi at UN: n/a Taiwan not recognized by UN

 

Overview

Taiwan is progressive on LGBTIQ issues; however, LGBTIQ people still face barriers to full equality. 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. 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 accurately and empathetically discusses LGBTIQ issues and depicts LGBTIQ people. There are many prominent LGBTIQ public figures, although LGBTIQ people are underrepresented in positions of power in politics and business.