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LGBTQ RIGHTS/Online voting guide shows pro-LGBTQ and women's rights candidates

10/13/2023 04:45 PM
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Members of the Taiwan Equality Campaign pose for a photo during a press conference in Taipei Friday. CNA photo Oct. 13, 2023
Members of the Taiwan Equality Campaign pose for a photo during a press conference in Taipei Friday. CNA photo Oct. 13, 2023

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) A group advocating LGBTQ and women's rights in Taiwan has posted on its website an interactive voting guide highlighting candidates in the country's January 2024 presidential and legislative elections who support the group's causes.

The Taiwan Equality Campaign, which was launched in 2016 by five organizations promoting women's and LGBTQ rights, have compiled the guide, known as "Pride Watch," according to a press conference held in Taipei on Friday.

So far, 13 legislative candidates from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Social Democratic Party, New Power Party and Taiwan People's Party have pledged to push for more inclusive policies if elected.

According to Joyce Teng (鄧筑媛), the campaign's executive director, the website will continue to update new LGBTQ-friendly candidates if more of them register with the platform and fill in the questionnaire to demonstrate their pledge.

The guide also features the geographical distribution of the complying legislative candidates, meaning people can now search for candidates running in their own district in the upcoming elections.

Teng said the constituents will also be fully informed of candidates' comments, either for or against LGBTQ and women's rights, as the group promotes more political awareness, action and participation among voters and people.

Once the Central Election Commission (CEC) releases the party lists for legislators-at-large on Jan. 2, 2024, the platform will also invite those candidates to fill out the questionnaires and pledge to support more LGBTQ- and women-friendly policies.

As for the presidential candidates, the platform has invited all the major candidates to showcase their LGBTQ and women's policies, which will be compiled in the guide, Teng said.

The guide has been updated several times in response to the 2018, 2020 and 2022 elections since it was launched in 2018, according to the website.

(By Oscar Wu and Wu Hsin-yun)

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