Violence experienced by Taiwanese LGBTQ Youth in families, schools and the society, corresponding policies and service gaps. （台灣LGBTQ青年在家庭、學校、社會、相關政策與服務品質差距上遭受的暴力
11/06/2019 - 09:30 to 11/06/2019 - 11:00
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Taiwan Tongzhi(LGBTQ+) Hotline Association
Taiwan Tongzhi(LGBTQ+) Hotline Association (台灣同志諮詢熱線協會)
Taiwan Tongzhi(LGBTQ+) Hotline Association was founded in 1998 and is now the oldest and the largest LGBTQ+ organization in Taiwan. Hotline is dedicated to achieve equality and provide resources for the LGBT+ community through creating public dialogue and gender inclusive sexuality education. Hotline serves more than 50,000 LGBT+ people and non-LGBTQ people each year in its diverse programs focused on eight major divisions: gender and sexuality education, support for parents of LGBTQ+ children, hotline services, care for LGBTQ+ elders, HIV/AIDS prevention, intimate partner violence, transgender issues, and community initiatives.
Taiwan LGBTQ Hotline Association
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words):
Founded in 1998, Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association is a grass-root and community-based LGBTQ+ organization. Based on the telephone consultation service provided for 20 years, 81 sessions of LGBTQ teenager support group organized since 2013, and life story sharing by hundreds of our LGBTQ volunteers, we have managed to summarize the types of violence Taiwanese LGBTQ youth experiences in families, schools and the society.
Within their families, LGBTQ teenagers are likely to face not only physical and verbal violence from family members (especially parents or the main caretaker) such as battering, humiliation and curses, but also coercive controlling behaviors like deprivation of personal liberty or constant monitoring (particularly among lesbian youth). Cases of teenagers being expelled from home or running away on their own are also often heard of.
In schools, in addition to physical, verbal and social bullying (isolation), cyber bullying has become a newly emerging phenomenon in recent years in terms of the violence experienced by LGBTQ teenagers. It is worth noting that as anti-LGBTQ groups have repeatedly attacked the gender equity education in Taiwan, the LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere on campus has been significantly oppressed, and cases of systematic violence on campus as well as violence conducted by teachers against LGBTQ students have become common.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese society underwent a national referendum on issues related to gender equity education and marriage equality in November 2017, for which anti-LGBTQ groups used their ample funding to deliver a large amount of anti-LGBTQ information and advertisements. Facing all types of fake news distributed regarding LGBTQ issues, the Taiwanese government failed to take any active measures, causing the severe impact on the physical and psychological health of Taiwanese LGBTQ communities, especially LGBTQ youth during this period leading up to the referendum. After the referendum, several LGBTQ teenagers even attempted to commit suicide.
LGBTQ youth in Taiwan faces many different types of violence in their families, schools and the public society. In view of this current situation, the Taiwanese government has not only been unable to design any active preventive policies against domestic violence and campus bullying for LGBTQ youth, but also failed to provide sufficient service programs and relevant resources for the large group of young LGBTQ victims who have experienced violence. For example, there is still no shelter specifically designed for LGBTQ teenagers available in Taiwan.
Chih-Liu Peng has been partaking in the LGBTQ+ activism in Taiwan for more than 16 years. While in college, he began serving as an active member in Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association, and became full-time staff in 2007.
He was in charge of the hotline consultation service program from 2007 to 2016, and targeted the outreach efforts to LGBTQ+ youth issue in 2013. He started the ongoing LGBTQ+ teenager program within organization to help and empower LGBTQ+ teenagers. In recent 4 years, he has partaken the cross-organizational advocacy project for the marriage equality bill in Taiwan.
Through collaboration with allies from social welfare agencies, he has taken charge of the LGBTQ+ domestic violence program with a domestic violence service agency for 10 years, and also has worked in LGBTQ+ adoption issue with mainstream adoption agencies.