Taiwan transgender community looking forward to more social acceptance

The Taiwanese government has been making progress regarding the protection of transgenders as they are increasing.(Shutterstock)
The Taiwanese government has been making progress regarding the protection of transgenders as they are increasing.(Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan has made some progress regarding the protection of the rights of transgender people since the adoption of same-sex marriage earlier this year.

A soaring number of gender-inclusive bathrooms are being built while local authorities plan to remove gender from future electronic identification cards (eID) to promote more inclusion.

Among other highlights, thirteen schools around Taiwan have already built unisex restrooms. The National Taiwan University (國立台灣大學) also published the “Handbook of All Gender Restroom” (性別友善廁所設置準則及參考手冊) in 2017, aimed at introducing the use and installation of all-gender bathrooms.

Nationwide, there are 13 schools with unisex restrooms.(Shutterstock)
There are only 13 schools with unisex restrooms around Taiwan. (Shutterstock)

Taiwan’s new eID will be issued in 2020 without gender specification to respect people’s sexual orientation, even though the holder’s gender will still be saved in the card’s chip.

Compared to the gay and lesbian community, the transgender and intersex community in Taiwan hasn’t received much exposure from the media. That’s one of the reasons why the Trans March this year was held on Oct. 25 to bring more attention to the rights of transgender people.

The fist Taiwan Trans March will be held Oct. 25, at Shi-men Ting(西門町), next to the Nishi Honganji Relics (西本願寺) at 7 p.m.(Courtesy of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association)
The fist Taiwan Trans March will be held Oct. 25, at Shi-men Ting(西門町), next to the Nishi Honganji Relics (西本願寺) at 7 p.m.(Courtesy of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association)