Miao Poya (苗博雅) and Lin Ying-Meng (林穎孟) declare victory in Taipei City council race
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Though people of Taiwan voted to keep the Civil Code
unchanged in a Nov. 24 referendum, Taiwan is set to welcome its first-ever openly lesbian council members, and one of them declared her homosexuality years ago.
Miao Poya (苗博雅), 31, who ran in the council race representing the minor Social Democratic Party in Taipei City, declared her victory late Saturday night.
In a live stream speech on her Facebook fan page, Miao said her election will turn a new page in Taiwan’s politics, and it is just the beginning, as more challenges are awaiting her.
Miao has been advocating for a number of issues including abolition of the death penalty, judicial reform, gender equality, transitional justice, and labor rights.