Gay Guide Taiwan

Neither the term "homosexuality" nor the concept of an age of consent exist in Taiwanese legislation. Marriage is legal from the age of 18, and that too is the age people become fully accountable by law. Yet, legally, people become adult when they are 20 years of age. Ten same-sex couples were married in a mass wedding on the 24th October 2015 in a government-hosted event that for the first time allowed same-sex couples to participate since the twice-yearly event started in 1973. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the event which saw 123 couples tie the knot at the University of Taipei's sports stadium. Marriages between same-sex couples is not legally binding and same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Taiwan. Although a same-sex marriage bill passed the first reading in 2013, it has stalled since then. According to a survey carried out in April 2006, 75 % of the Taiwanese population accept homosexual relationships. A bill prohibiting discrimination at the workplace on the grounds of sexual orientation was passed in 2007. 2012 then saw two women tie the knot in the very first Buddhist wedding of its kind. Taiwan is considering the introduction of same-sex marriage, as are Vietnam and Nepal.

Cities in Taiwan


Name: T'ai-wan · Taïwa
Location: Off Mainland China
Initials: TWN
International country code: 886 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 002
Language: Chinese
Area: 36,006 km² / 13,901 sq mi.
Currency: 1 New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) = 100 Cents
Population: 23,318,000
Capital: T'aipei
Religions: 35% Buddhist, 33% Daoist, 2.6% Christian
Climate: Tropical and marine climate. The rainy season during southwest monsoon lasts from June to August.