Marriage equality is a reality in 22 nations around the globe, which is a number that pales in comparison to the 77 nations worldwide where same-sex acts are illegal and punishable by law. As #IDAHOT (The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) approaches on May 17, Hornet, the world’s premier gay social network — also the parent company of this site — urges the world to stand behind Taiwan as it fights to become the 23rd country allowing same-sex marriage. To this end, in cooperation with the Taiwan Alliance for Civil Partnerships, Hornet has organized the #WeAreOne global campaign.
Join Hornet as it unites millions of people worldwide in support of recognizing human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Together we can draw the attention of decision makers, opinion leaders, the media and local authorities.
Initiated by Hornet’s Taiwan team, #WeAreOne is a user-generated campaign on Facebook and Instagram to mobilize the general public and connect the LGBTQ communities through photos and video. Those participating are encouraged to create posts in which they make gestures of love, be it a kiss or two members of the same sex hand-in-hand. The campaign runs through to IDAHOT on May 17.
In addition to the social media aspect of the #WeAreOne global campaign, in Taiwan, eight of the top pop singers are releasing a limited-edition #WeAreOne single to raise funds for Taiwan marriage equality. Another 100 celebrities are participating in the opening of an exhibition titled See Through. The exhibit opposes groups that fight against LGBT equality by using chopsticks to equate all humans as equal. (Those on the opposition have argued that children need a mother and a father in their family, much like you need a knife and fork to eat; the exhibition insists that same-sex love is equal, and everyone is a chopstick.)
Taiwan’s President Tsai has been invited to attend the exhibit’s opening, where the “We Are One” single will also premiere.
For more info on the #WeAreOne global campaign, marriage equality in Taiwan and the upcoming See Through exhibition, follow Hornet on Facebook (English, Chinese) and RSVP to Hornet’s #WeAreOne event page.
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