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Taiwan: Almost one in five gay people have attempted suicide

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  1. Taiwanese politicians need to be brave and lead the way and set an example to other Asian countries. We need more international co-operation between LGBT rights organisations. Mentoring, support and encouragement could embolden and push forward equality movements in other countries.

  2. billywingartenson 17 Apr 2012, 11:15pm

    Wonder if they have the poisonous Evangelicals and the catholic church there. BTW if you’ve seen all the trouble in Russia, Somewhere else I read that the Evangelicals were behind it

    Same people who are behind the Uganda Hitlerite type solution to gays.

    Some parts of christtianity should be renamed Islam.

    1. Please could we try and restrict anti-Christian feelings to where it’s relevant? Not even 5% of Taiwanese, according to the statistics I can find, are Christians, so it’s kind of irrelevant to this thread. Worse, it ignores the far greater damage being done by ill-educated social convention and tribalism.

  3. Dr Robin Guthrie 18 Apr 2012, 1:34am

    If you find homophobia.

    It is guaranteed that a (…..) fill in the blanks religion will be behind it.

    “God of love” is the tag line they use to get the punters in.

    “Everlasting life” comes next, as they sell the snake oil to seal the deal.

    “Burning in Hell” is the threat for non-compliance.

    Good business model. Offer something, then offer an even better deal, then hit them with the leave and your screwed offer.

    1. I couldn’t agree more when it comes to Christianity and Islam; however, that really doesn’t apply when it comes to Buddhism and Daoism, which apparently accounts for more than 90% of the religiously-observant population of Taiwan.

      In this instance it would appear that a particularly toxic emphasis on convention and Family Values is more to blame.

  4. Yes anti-gay Christians are like stage 4 cancer, they are everywhere. Stop being the victim and fight back against these anti-gay Christian haters and demand your equal rights or die trying. There is no choice now, the anti-gay Christians are out to kill you one way or the other and they are doing it, that is their plan. Fight back and die with honor and dignity if it happens in this war the anti-gay Christians have started around the world. Don’t let them kill you and don’t let them drive you to kill your self. Fight back and demand you be treated as equal, there is no other way.

    1. Try living in the worst parts of the US (most of it’s horrible but some parts are better than others) and not having anybody that cares about you, being all alone and being unequal, it’s not that easy. I take it you’ve never been suicidal before.

    2. I don’t think this is particularly relevant to Taiwan.

  5. That’s so sad :( Homophobia started with western influence and now it’s because of Christianity (and Islam). I despise religion.

    My heart goes out to the LGB people in Taiwan and I hope things change for the better soon. I understand how they feel, I’m suicidal a lot.

  6. Pink Therapist 18 Apr 2012, 3:06pm

    The stats are appalling but not unlike the attempted suicide rates for gay teens in Britain or the USA. Trans teens have even higher rates. This 20% figure has been consistent for over 20 years. We need more schools to actively challenge homophobia and transphobia.

  7. nobodysperfect 18 Apr 2012, 4:03pm

    awww dont commit suicide, your amazing just the way you are dont let no one tell you different! your perfect in your own way dont let people get in the way of that :) -13 year old girl speakin- :)

  8. In Taiwan homosexuality is still taboo in most places. Especially with older generation. Taiwan is the leading country in Asia for gay rights but it still needs many improvements.
    Altho it’s nowhere near as bad as China and South Korea. South Korea is still a very conservative country and minorities are not accepted socially at all.

    Japan is probably the most neutral towards minorities out of these countries (China, Taiwan, S-Korea, Japan). The younger generation tends to be a lot more accepting over there and there is no conflict of christianity (or any other homophobic religion) in Japan. People just tend to not care about one’s sexuality that much over there, which is a good thing. Still Japan has barely any protection of minorities. At least Taiwan has brought up the issue.

    Courage to our Taiwanese lgbt brothers and sisters!

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