(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 16, 2018) The Taiwanese government considers allowing a third gender aside from male and female in order to facilitate the life and work situation of trans- and intersexual people. This new gender is planned to become part of official ID documents as well.
As of today, only a few countries (such as Nepal and New Zealand) allow a third gender on ID documents. Taiwan wants to become part of that list in order to grant sexual minorities more protection and rights. This third gender is supposed to be open to trans- and intersexual people as well as, people who feel neither male nor female.
These government considerations are strongly supported by the very gay-friendly president Tsai Ing-wen and the minister without portfolio (but responsible for digitization) Audrey Tang – who most of all is the first transsexual minister in Taiwan and even the worldwide.
Both politicians have been in office since 2016.
So the government is investigating the possibility of introducing a third gender, with all issues to be considered such as legal status, scope of applicability, forms and formalities, possible benefits and obligations for the people concerned.
Taiwan’s oldest LGBT organization, Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, believes that this third gender would be very important for diversity in Taiwan but wants to monitor the process in order to make the solution a real progress for the people involved.
Legalizing gay marriage was one of Tsai Ing-wen’s promises during her presidential campaign in 2016. Consequently, the parliament of Taiwan introduced a bill as early as in October of 2016. On May 24, 2017, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that prohibition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and ordered that parliament has to legalize it within two years. However, it did not prescribe the details of such a law, which means it might be a full-fledged marriage or some kind of registered partnership.
The next Taiwan LGBT Pride is most likely to be held in October 2018. Maybe the pride participants will then have reason to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage and a third gender in Taiwan.
Frank-S / MensGo