LGBT+ Business Climate Score

Out Leadership’s snapshot of the current state of affairs for LGBT+ people, through the lens of international business. The Business Climate Score score is out of ten possible points, and is based on ten independently verifiable indicators of the legal, cultural and business context for LGBT+ people.

8.5
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Are consensual homosexual acts between adults legal?
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Yes
2.
Are marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples available?
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Yes
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Is being LGBT+ punishable by death?
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No
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Are sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment prohibited?
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Yes
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Can transgender people legally change their gender markers?
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Yes
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Is sex reassignment surgery at birth for intersex children prohibited?
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Yes but require gender reassignment surgery.
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Are sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the provision of goods and services prohibited?
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Yes
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Is there a US State Department warning against travel for LGBT+ individuals?
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The warning says Taiwan does not recognize same sex marriage (which is outdated) and LGBT+ individuals may still face lack of tolerance in areas outside Taipei..
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Do companies sponsor Pride?
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Yes
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Are there laws prohibiting freedom of assembly or speech for LGBT+ people (i.e. “anti-propaganda laws”, media gags, etc.)?
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No
  • Taiwan’s openness to LGBT+ rights and LGBT+ communities makes it easier for businesses to attract talents. Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive at Goldman Sachs, once commented that “unless gay people felt confident that their family would be treated in the same way as the family of a straight employee, then they would be unhappy and unwilling to move around the world for roles, he said. That meant the company would fail to attract a set of very talented people.” https://www.ft.com/content/73512064-3a15-11e3-9243-00144feab7de.
  • In 2019, Taiwan became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia.
  • For Taiwan to become a even more open and free society for global talents, there needs to be an increase in the awareness of the challenges faced by the transgender community, from the rigidness of official policies and procedures to the macroaggressions the community endures.
Impact of LGBT+ Discrimination on Business and Talent
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    BRAND RISK
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    MODERATE RISK
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    NOTABLE RISK
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    HIGH RISK
BRAND RISK
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    LOW RISK
As LGBT+ rights in Taiwan are among the most progressive in Asia, there is little brand risk in operating in Taiwan.
CLIENT RISK
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    LOW/MODERATE RISK
Cultural views may give rise to some level of risks that transgender clients in particular may feel alienated by business conducted in Taiwan.
TALENT RISK
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    LOW/MODERATE RISK
Same-sex relation has never been illegal, and same-sex marriage is recognized. However, cultural views toward transgender individuals may not be as supportive.
MARKETING CHALLENGES
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    LOW RISK
The lack of censorship over LGBT+ related contents allows for wide freedom of marketing to LGBT+ consumers in Taiwan.
Socio-Cultural Environment for LGBT+ People

Status of LGBT+ Organizing and Community

  • — The annual Taiwan LGBT Pride has taken place for 17 years. The event in 2019 reportedly attracted over 200,000 participants, making it the largest pride parade in Asia.
  • — Taiwan boasts several long-standing LGBT+ organizations, including Tongzhi Hotline Association that provides peer mentoring and support networks to the community and runs a community center for LGBT individuals and allies. 

Cultural Views of the LGBT+ Community

  •  Cultural views of the LGBT+ community is overall supportive, although some say people in Taiwan are largely indifferent. Overall, reported instances of violence against LGBT+ individuals were rare, and the police response was adequate. Nevertheless, LGBT+ individuals may still face lack of tolerance in areas outside Taipei.
  • — Taiwan is seen as the most receptive environment in Asia for LGBT+ arts (including literary and cinematic works).
  • In 2018, 29 Taiwanese and multinational companies operating in Taiwan released a statement in support of LGBT+ equality.
  • — Cultural views toward the transgender community is comparatively more conservative. Recent surveys show a substantial minority of the transgender Taiwanese have experienced workplace discrimination or bullying. Most transgender Taiwanese are afraid of using a public restroom.

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