Transnational same-sex couples need your help!

by Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights
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Transnational same-sex couples need your help!
Transnational same-sex couples need your help!
Transnational same-sex couples need your help!

Project Report | Dec 9, 2019
Working report of the 1st quarter

By Chih Chieh Chien | Secretary General

  • Media coverage

During the time of Taiwan LGBT Pride in October, we cooperated with media on the topic of transnational same-sex couples and generated 5 coverage:

1. Given the special political relations between Taiwan and China, Taiwanese and Chinese same-sex couples are in special legal status in terms of marriage registration.  

2. A transnational same-sex couple that raises a child together cannot register their marriage in Taiwan. Their child is forced to only have a single parent legally. 

3. There are many migrant workers in Taiwan, however, most of them have been placed in a lower social status and difficult conditions. The border control of sending countries of migrant workers has been especially tightened in Taiwan. Therefore, same-sex couples whose nationality is/are of the regulated sending countries have faced an even tougher situation. 

4. At the main stage of Taiwan LGBT Pride in Taiwan, we demanded the government to give back marriage rights to transnational same-sex couples.

5. TAPCPR filed an administrative appeal against the Taipei City Government after a transnational same-sex couple’s attempt to register their marriage was rejected.



  • Social actions


1. Produced flyers about issues of transnational same-sex couples and distributed in the below activities to raise awareness among the public


2019/9/7Rainbow picnic in Taoyuan 

2019/9/21Rainbow Cultural Festival in Hsinchu

2019/9/28Rainbow carnival in Hualien

2019/9/29Rainbow carnival in Taitung

2019/10/26Taiwan LGBT Pride in Taipei 

2019/11/23    LGBT pride in Kaohsiung


2. Social promotion and education

Transnational same-sex couples shared their life stories and legal appeals:

Tao-Yuan Residence (LGBTQ health center): Same-sex couples from Malaysia and Hong Kong shared their stories and legal struggle in same-sex marriage registration in Taiwan. 

TAPCPR volunteer group: shared three major obstacles in transnational same-sex marriages, which are “Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements,” “domestic face-to-face interview” and “overseas face-to-face interview.” The TAPCPR volunteers also created a “transnational same-sex board game” to help raise awareness. 

We’ve addressed the legal status and difficulties to overcome in the issue of transnational same-sex couples in below speeches:



Amnesty International Taiwan Chapter


New Taipei City Government


Taipei Bar Association




National Taiwan Sport University


Tzu Chi Senior High School Affiliated with Tzu Chi University



  • Litigations

From October 2019, the attorneys of TAPCPR have filed administrative appeals to government agencies for two transnational same-sex couples who weren’t able to register their marriage in Taiwan. 


In addition, two other similar cases are also in progress and will be filed by the attorneys of TAPCPR. The two cases are expected to be filed for succeeding judicial relief procedures in December.




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Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

Location: Taipei city - Taiwan
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Chih-Chieh Chien
Taipei city , Taiwan
$6,836 raised of $10,000 goal
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