Advocates to Gather at Stonewall Inn to Support Marriage Equality Campaign in Taiwan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

24 October 2018

Media contact: Cameron Tolle, tolle@freedomtomarry.org, 816.547.0403

Advocates to Gather at Stonewall Inn to Support Marriage Equality Campaign in Taiwan

NEW YORK, NY - A coalition of Taiwanese-American and LGBT organizations will join together this Friday, November 2nd at The Stonewall Inn to raise resources and visibility for the campaign to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to win the freedom to marry.

WHAT: Love from Stonewall - Support Marriage Equality in Taiwan

WHEN: Friday, November 2nd from 7-9pm

WHERE: The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014)

WHO: Event is co-hosted by Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, GAPIMNY, Freedom to Marry Global, Human Rights Campaign, OutRight Action International, Human Rights Watch, Café Philo @ NY and GAPIMNY

Last year, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court issued a landmark ruling, affirming that marriage is a fundamental, constitutional right guaranteed to all citizens. The ruling mandated that the Legislative Yuan update civil code to allow same-sex couples to begin marrying by May 2019.

But anti-LGBT organizations—instigated and funded by US-based groups like the National Organization for Marriage—forced three referenda onto the November 24th ballot that aim to delay same-sex couples from marrying and roll back nationwide curriculum that protects LGBT youth. In response, LGBT activists also placed two referenda onto the ballot supporting marriage equality and LGBT youth, meaning that on November 24th, Taiwanese voters will decide 5 LGBT-related ballot questions.

Friday’s event will bring together New York’s Taiwanese-American community and leaders in the LGBT movement in an effort to raise resources for the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan’s final push to educate the public and mobilize voters before Election Day on November 24th.

Among the speakers at the event will be: Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry; Ty Cobb of the Human Rights Campaign; Jennifer Lu, Chair of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan (via video); Lance Chen-Hayes, Taiwanese-American activist.

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