Below is a picture of myself with Chi Chia-wei, the Taiwanese citizen most responsible for marriage equality and the push for LGBTQIA rights. This photo was taken at the Taichung Pride Parade, November 2018.
“This is the right that we deserved from a long time ago, as a beacon in Asia, I hope Taiwan’s democracy and human rights could have a ripple effect on other countries in Asia.”
– Chi Chia-wei, May 2019, after marriage equality was guaranteed
In 1986, while the fascist government was still in control, Chi came out as gay on national TV, unheard of and shocking at the time. Chi was falsely convicted of a crime to silence him. He spent only 162 days in prison, released by a judge who admitted the conviction was wrong. (Quartz article, February 2017)
“I wake up every day and I tell myself, ‘Today I’m not going to have success, but I’ll have it tomorrow,’ so that every day I have hope.”
– Chi Chia-wei