One in five Taiwan gays has attempted suicide: Poll
Published on Apr 17, 2012
TAIPEI (AFP) – Nearly 20 per cent of homosexuals in Taiwan have attempted suicide due to discrimination, a survey showed on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the island’s reputation as a liberal haven for gays.
About 30 per cent have considered taking their own lives, and of these 18 per cent have actually tried to kill themselves, according to the survey sponsored by Gender/Sexuality Rights Association of Taiwan and other groups.
‘Taiwan is not that open towards homosexuality,’ said Ms Wang Ping, secretary general of the association.
Taiwan is the host of Asia’s biggest gay pride parade, attracting tens of thousands every year, and last August saw a mass same-sex wedding, but the new survey suggests homophobic attitudes still linger.