SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Same Sex Marriage in Taiwan: LGBT Roundtable

Legislator Yu Mei-Nu, Joyce Teng and Jennifer Lu

Date: 8 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 8 February 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Round Table


 This Roundtable aims to introduce Taiwan, as a democratic country, the struggle and achievement in equal marriage rights and human rights. The three speakers will illustrate the advocacy history of same-sex marriage in the past 60 years and the current status of the legislation. As part of the roundtable, Legislator Yu Mei-Nu will also talk about being a woman engaging in the feminist movement for over 30 years, and will also share her experience pushing equal marriage rights into legislative process and her thinking on this issue. Our other two speakers, Joyce Teng and Jennifer Lu, will offer a civil society perspective on the issue by reflecting on their experiences in this social movement.

Speaker Bios


Legislator Mei-Nu Yu 

Legislator Mei-Nu Yu is a Taiwanese politician. She holds a masters degree from National Taiwan University and is a PhD candidate at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany. Yu has served as part of the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's parliament) since 2012. She is also holds a number of other prestigious positions such as Chair of Taiwan-UK Inter-parliamentary Amity Association, Chair of the Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on International Human Rights, and Emeritus Advisor at the College of Law, NTU.

As a well-known human rights lawyer, Yu was the first female President of Taipei Bar Association. She was also one of the founding members of Awakening Foundation, the first organisation of women's movement in Taiwan, founding president of the National Alliance of Taiwan Women Association and has served as a member of the Gender Equality Committee in the Executive Yuan. Alongside her advocacy for women's rights, Legislator Yu has been a long and very active supporter for marriage equality in Taiwan. Yu was also one of the key politicians behind Taiwan's most recent marriage-equality bill. In an interview with Associated Press earlier this year, Yu said: "If Taiwan can get this passed…it will give other Asian countries a model."

Joyce Teng 

Joyce Teng, now the Lobbying manager of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan. She was a congressional staff from 2013 to 2015, and helped drafting also promoting the Civil Code amendment of marriage equality in 2016. She joined Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan as a full-time NGO worker in 2017. For the Constitutional Court Hearing, she managed collecting and writing the “amicus briefs,” and the majority opinion used part of the amicus briefs as supporting arguments.

Jennifer Lu 

Jennifer Lu is a social worker, activist, writer and political worker. She has been devoting in LGBT rights and political reform movement for 13 years. In January 2016, Jennifer represented social democratic party and ran for a parliamentary seat in general elections. During her election campaign, she and her team successfully raised the visibility of LGBT issues and pushed to include equal rights issues and young generation political participation on the agenda of the Taiwan parliament. Now she is Main Coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan and Senior Research Fellow at Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association. Jennifer and her team organized a successful rally on Human Rights Day in December in 2016, which was over 250,000 people to stand up for supporting Marriage Equality and this rally has pushed whole society to achieve the significant milestone of Marriage Equality in Taiwan

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