Cashing in on #LoveisLove.
Eyeing to boost its status as an LGBTQIA tourist destination particularly when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Taiwan will be offering “commemorative certificates” to LGBTQIA couples visiting from abroad, announced by the city’s Department of Civil Affairs (DCA).
Taiwan became the first country in Asia to pass a marriage equality law last May, and according to Taipei City Councilor Lee Chien-chang (李建昌), the city can use this distinction to promote its pro-LGBTQIA creds by tapping the “rainbow economy”, particularly in the tourism sector.
And here, “commemorative certificates” will be given – for a fee, of course – to visiting LGBTQIA couples. These certificates will have no legal validity whatsoever because Taiwan still does not recognize transnational same-sex marriages (i.e. where one partner comes from a country where such unions are illegal).
DCA eyes to start promoting this in September, and have them available by October.