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Taiwan offers queer lessons for inclusivity in Asia

The island's relaxed approach to gender and sexuality is a beacon for the region

Asia's largest LGBTQ Pride parade will take place on the last Saturday in October -- not in bustling Bangkok but in Taiwan's capital, Taipei. This year's celebrations promise to be particularly upbeat. In May, Taiwan's legislature became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

Already, ripple effects are being felt throughout the region: In Thailand, a bipartisan consensus has emerged on legalizing same-sex unions, and in socially conservative Japan, opposition lawmakers have announced their support for equal marriage. Why is Taiwan at the center of this sea change?

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