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Re: Gay Nationalism in Taiwan
« Reply #3 on: Tue, May 30, 2006, 00:38 »


"We will begin preparations next year and start by renting an office to house the government of the Rainbow Republic. The Rainbow Republic will have a parliament, a foreign ministry, and court to register gay marriages," Chan Ming-chou, director-general of the Taiwan Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Association, told reporters at a news conference. "The republic will issue identity cards to Taiwan homosexuals and work toward promoting gay rights in Taiwan."

That is a basic political error,especially in a confucian culture which ought to revere established and successfull political authority.Upon its inception,a gay independence movement ought to be rather like a cloud,offering no institutions and no chiefs which could be seized and thus rendered inoffensive.

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Re: Gay Nationalism in Taiwan
« Reply #2 on: Mon, May 29, 2006, 13:25 »


The moment it comes to the mind of certain gays,or that it is noticed as a current of opinion on the internet,gay separatism could spread
very quickly and internationally,and become a political fashion among us gays.In the age of the internet,that is possible.Then,many gay separatist groups will appear,most of which will not remain for very long in existence or which will fail.Political independence is a rather long process which requires time and patience beyond what most people can imagine.It could take two or three generations of gays to elaborate a comprehensive blueprint for political independence,in tune with the realities of this world,and with a chance of success.We will have to be very persistent and singleminded with the idea of political independence if we are to make it a reality one day.

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Gay Nationalism in Taiwan
« Reply #1 on: Mon, May 29, 2006, 11:33 »

Thanks to a friendly poster in the Gay Kingdom Yahoo discussion group, I stumbled upon this publication on Advocate.com:

"Gay groups in Taiwan to set up "Rainbow Republic"

12/31/05 - 01/02/06

Gay groups in Taiwan are so angry that the government is not protecting their rights, they plan to set up a country for gay men and lesbians called the Rainbow Republic, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Friday.

They aren't joking. Even the new government's logo will be the rainbow flag.

"We will begin preparations next year and start by renting an office to house the government of the Rainbow Republic. The Rainbow Republic will have a parliament, a foreign ministry, and court to register gay marriages," Chan Ming-chou, director-general of the Taiwan Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Association, told reporters at a news conference. "The republic will issue identity cards to Taiwan homosexuals and work toward promoting gay rights in Taiwan."

Chan criticized Taiwan's government for taking back its 2001 promise to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. "So we do not harbor any hopes anymore. We refuse to accept the jurisdiction of the Taiwan government and will found our own country and government to protect our rights," he told the wire service.

Despite Taiwan gay rights activists' complaints, Taiwan is ahead of most Asian countries in the area of gay rights. The island has one gay bookstore, one gay hotline, and dozens of gay rights groups, according to the wire service. The Taiwan government has drafted the Human Rights Basic Law, which will legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. If passed, the measure will make Taiwan the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. (Advocate.com)"


A collection of reports on Taiwan's gay issues can be found on www.globalgayz.com.

I was not able to find any website of the organization called "Taiwan Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Association". There is a website of "Gender/Sexuality Rights Association" and a website of "Taiwan Human Rights Association" but there are no traces of Mr Chan Ming-chou or his project.  Does anyone have some additional informations about the group, or on the fate of the "Rainbow Republic"?

Update: The group is mentioned briefly in the 2000 report as one of the first gay groups to be registered in Taiwan:

"In 2000, the Taiwanese gay movement simultaneously applied to register three gay associations with the relevant authorities. The Taiwan Gay Hotline was the first national gay group to legally register with the Ministry of Interior Affairs. The Taiwan Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Association was the first to be recognized by the Bureau of Social Affairs of the Kaohsiung City Government. The culture and arts world mobilized to support application of the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Gay Rights to the Taipei City Bureau of Social Affairs."

But we still have no contact informations.
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