Celebrities to organize benefit concert in support of gay marriage

Celebrities to organize benefit concert in support of gay marriage

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Nine big-name Taiwanese singers and a band, led by pop diva A-mei, will organize a benefit concert in Taipei in August to ramp up support for same-sex marriage in Taiwan, after a gay marriage bill failed to pass in Taiwan's Legislature last year.

The concert, titled "Love is King. It Makes Us All Equal," will take place Aug. 1 at the Taipei Arena, Tian Di He Entertainment Co., which is promoting the concert, said Tuesday.

It will feature singers A-mei, Jolin Tsai, Hebe Tien, Jam Hsiao, Elva Hsiao, A-Lin, Dee Hsu, Show Luo and Rainie Yang, as well as the band Sodagreen.

A-mei, known for her long-time support of same-sex marriage, initiated the concert after learning that the gay marriage bill, which had been shelved in the Legislature for over two years, lost effect after failing to make progress in the previous legislative session, Tian Di He Entertainment Co. said.

Bills that failed to pass three readings by the end of the previous legislative session automatically lost effect as the newly elected legislators assumed office in February.

The proposed amendment to the Civil Code, which would legalize gay marriage and allow married gay couples to adopt children, cleared a first reading in the Legislative Yuan in 2013 but had been shelved since then, largely due to opposition from religious groups.

All of the proceeds of the concert, after deducting the cost of venue rental and stage and other expenses, will be donated to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, which pushed for the passage of the same-sex marriage bill, according to Tian Di He Entertainment Co.

"Love is a right. Your love requires more courage than others. I will accompany you on this long and arduous path. One day, we will celebrate the victory of true love in a rainbow Utopia," A-mei said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"Marriage is a basic human right. I hope that each one of my friends has the right to decide if he or she would like to get married," Jolin Tsai said.

The concert tickets will go on sale May 14 through the tixCraft ticketing system, priced at NT$500 (US$15.37), NT$1,000, NT$1,500 and NT$2,000.

"We are very thankful. We thank our friends in the entertainment sector for understanding that this movement is in deep need of everyone's support, especially monetary support," said Chien Chih-chieh, secretary-general of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights.

She said the emotional and monetary support is "extremely helpful" for her organization and highlights the fact that the fight for equal marriage rights is still ongoing.

Currently, only 29 legislators in Taiwan's 113-seat Legislature have "clearly" voiced support for same-sex marriage, Chien said.

It is now up to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators to re-propose the bill, as they now have a legislative majority, she said, adding that her group will continue to monitor the DPP on the issue. (By Christie Chen)

Updated : 2021-01-27 05:45 GMT+08:00