Jolin to lead pop stars in support of same-sex marriage

Gay rights concert to feature video message from 100 pop stars

Jolin (left) with A-mei. (By Central News Agency)

        TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Pop diva Jolin Tsai will lead up to a hundred entertainers and stars in a recorded message at Saturday’s music festival to support same-sex marriage, reports said.

        After the opponents of gay marriage last Saturday, the supporters of legalization are due to take over Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei Saturday.

        The sudden intensifying of events for and against is a result of the Legislative Yuan’s plans to review several proposals on December 26. Taiwan has often been described as the Asian country most likely to be the first to introduce same-sex marriage.

        Dozens of popular singers, including Denise Ho from Hong Kong, Sandee Chan, Freya Lim and Ailing Tai, are scheduled to appear on stage and sing to the crowds, which could number up to 100,000, according to organizers.

        One of the highlights however, could be a video recording in which more than a hundred stars, led by Jolin Tsai and Elva Hsiao, will take a stand in favor of same-sex marriage, reports said.

        A-mei, or Chang Hui-mei, one of Taiwan’s most outspoken pro-gay entertainers, was unlikely to appear at the event because of previous engagements, reports said, but she participated in the design of a flag of which 30,000 copies will be handed out to the public at Saturday’s festival. The Chinese-language Apple Daily said it could not be ruled out that A-mei would nevertheless still make a surprise appearance.

        As the debate about same-sex marriage heats up, the gay rights movement’s rainbow flag has appeared on the campus at National Taiwan University and at the Taichung City Government, leading to protests by opponents who say schools and government departments should remain neutral on the issue.