LGBT activists cautious ahead of elections

A protester holds a sign denouncing the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) anti-LGBT stance at Taipei Pride on Oct. 24. Photo courtesy of Naomi Goddard

The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times

If anything has been predictable about Kaohsiung Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) election campaign, it has been its unpredictability. From urging supporters to “confuse” polling organizations by pretending to back his opponent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to proposing daily flag-raising ceremonies on high-mountain peaks to boost tourism, the KMT candidate has evinced Trumpian levels of caprice.

Even by these mercurial standards, his statements at a campaign event on Nov. 30 were surprising: “I hope and pray that people who love each other can become family in the end,” Han said in response to a question about whether he would repeal same-sex marriage legislation should he become president. “I completely respect people’s relationships, because they can see their own situation most clearly,” he added.

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