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Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan
Gender/Sexuality Rights Association - Taiwan (G/SRAT), established in 1999, is a multi-issue advocacy organization that combats discrimination against tongzhi (gender and sexual minorities) in social institutions such as family, education, politics, economics and the law. G/SRAT has built effective cross-community alliances to advance social justice and is an important critical voice that challenges homophobic legislation. The women’s movement has made great strides in incorporating women in government and including them in government statistics and projects, but there is a chance that sexual minorities and gender non-conforming people will be overlooked. Building on established relationships with the government, G/SRAT is working to include tongzhi in the government’s yearly marriage ceremony, establish visiting rights for tongzhi partners in hospitals and ensure that transpeople’s identification cards accurately reflect their identity.
G/SRAT is recognized as one of the leading political voices for tongzhi rights issues in Asia with developed political networks extending to China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. It is a complex political landscape, where the island’s sovereignty, the United States’ and Japan’s Asian interests and growing economic domination from China are intertwined. Taiwan is also involved in intense ideological struggle between traditional conformist conservative values and the vision of a progressive, democratic and multicultural society, proving to be a critical opportunity for social and cultural change for G/SRAT.