In recent weeks there has been a major development in LGBTQ equality in Taiwan.
A court ruling enabled a married gay man to adopt the non-biological child of his husband.
But where to next on Taiwan's road to LGBTQ equality?
LGBTQ people are calling on the government of Taiwan to extend adoption equality to all same-sex couples.
Due to the circumstances of the recent adoption case - involving a child referred to as Joujou - it does not appear that the court's decision has set any kind of precedent that couple be applied to other same-sex adoption cases.
It seems clear that legislative action is required to ensure that the complexity and legal barriers to same-sex adoption can be addressed, and avoid inconsistent outcomes through the court system.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Taiwan?
In terms of LGBTQ equality, Taiwan has been seen as one of the most progressive countries in Asia. Taiwan Pride attracts huge crowds, and a 2017 ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court set Taiwan firmly on the path towards marriage equality.
However, in a referendum held in November 2018, aspirations for marriage equality took a backward step, the most voters supporting a definition of marriage that restricts it to being a union between a man and a woman.
In its 2017 ruling, the Constitutional Court gave Taiwan’s parliament a maximum of two years to amend or enact laws so that same-sex marriage was legally recognised. According to the court ruling, if the Parliament failed to do so by 24 May 2019, same-sex marriage will automatically become legal.
The good news is that Taiwan’s parliament bit the bullet and enacted the legislation required to make marriage equality the law of the land.
Taiwan’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations are held on the last Saturday every October. It’s believed to be the largest gay pride event in East Asia.