After fighting for 30 years, Taiwan’s gay rights crusader senses victory for marriage equality
In 1986 when Taiwan was under military rule, Chi Chia-wei came out publicly as gay and spent 162 days in prison.
Fascinating look at the life of Chi Chia-wei, whose case it was that led to the Taiwanese court declaring bans on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
He’s been fighting for LGBTQ rights for 30 years. He was the first person to publicly come out in Taiwan in 1986, during a time when the country was under martial law. When he submitted a request for gay marriage to be recognized, he was imprisoned.
Still, through immense passion and dedication, Taiwan is immensely close to marriage equality. The public largely says yes, and now so too do the judges.
“I never tire,” Chi said. “Every morning when I wake up, it’s like my first day of doing this 30 years ago.”