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Same-sex married couple are first in Taiwan to legally adopt child

Taiwan Same Sex Adoption
  • A married same-sex couple became the first LGBTQ couple to legally adopt a child together in Taiwan this week.
  • Taiwan’s law on same-sex marriage, passed in 2019, allowed one of the spouses to adopt the other’s biological child or a non-biologically related child as an unmarried individual, but the law did not permit same-sex couples to adopt a child together.
  • The couple, who have been together for 16 years, prolonged their engagement and married after their paperwork to adopt their daughter was finalized before taking their case to court to have Chen equally recognized as a parent.

Wang Chen-wei and Chen Chun-ju are the first LGBTQ plus couple in Taiwan to legally adopt a non-biologically related child together.

LGBTQ plus activists have advocated to amend the 2019 law that legalized same-sex marriage to allow more freedoms for the marginalized community in the country, according to Taiwan News. Until late December, only one of the spouses in a same-sex marriage could adopt the other’s biological child, but the law prevented same-sex couples from adopting a child together who is not related to either of them biologically.

NY governor Kathy Hochul says racism is a ‘public health crisis’ after signing 6 anti-hate legislations

New York governor Kathy Hochul signs package of anti-hate legislation, says racism is a “public health crisis”
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed six legislation to address racial discrimination and injustice in the state.
  • The legislation will declare racism a public health crisis, enact the hate crimes analysis and review act, require the collection of certain demographic data, require a health equity assessment to accompany any project that will affect a hospital's health care services, require the New York State Office of Technology Services to advise all state agencies in the implementation of language translation technology and expand the list of diseases for which a newborn can be screened in order to include conditions more prevalent in newborns from the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed six anti-hate legislation on Dec. 23 to address discrimination and racial injustice.

Six steps towards a more equitable New York

New York passes historic bill that breaks down Asian American data by ethnic group

NY Governor Kathy Hochul
  • Historically, Asian Americans have been viewed and treated by many as a monolith.
  • A newly enacted New York bill creates separate categories for Asian ethnic groups in data collection, which would guide policymakers in addressing each community’s unique needs.
  • Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill as part of a package of legislation that tackle racism and discrimination.

In hopes of better serving Asian communities, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) has signed a package of legislation that tackles racism and discrimination, with one of the bills aimed at disaggregating Asian American data by ethnic group.

Hochul signed S.6639-A/A.6896-A, which “requires the collection of certain demographic data by certain state agencies, boards, departments, and commissions,” on Dec. 22.  

Albuquerque adopts language access and anti-Asian hate bills

Albuquerque adopts language access and anti-Asian hate bills

The city of Albuquerque in New Mexico has adopted two legislations that will benefit its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community amid the surge in hate incidents brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the bills: Mayor Tim Keller signed the language access bill and the anti-AAPI hate bill in a virtual ceremony on Monday. The former aims to “make information and services more accessible to all city residents, regardless of their ability or English proficiency,” while the latter focuses on “condemning harmful rhetoric, racist acts and hate crimes targeting Asian-Pacific Americans” while also vowing to provide support to victims and the general AAPI community.