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Advancing Pride: The Road Ahead to Empower Asia's LGBTQ Communities

Date & Time

Jun. 15, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


When it comes to advancing LGBTQ rights and promoting diversity in identity, Taiwan is ahead of the curve among Asian governments. In celebration of Pride Month, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a discussion on the challenges facing the LGBTQ communities across Asia, especially Japan and South Korea, and what lessons can be learned from Taipei’s endeavors. How and whether Washington’s focus on values and promoting LGBTQ rights can strengthen the Biden administration’s relations with Asian allies was also explored.

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The Wilson Center Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

The Wilson Center is proud to recognize and celebrate LGBTQI+ Pride Month this June. June is a time to draw attention to the power that visibility has for continuing the fight for equality not only in the United States but also around the world. This month, the Wilson Center will be hosting events and publishing content that examines LGBTQI+ issues through our regional and cross-cutting programs.

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Bi-khim Hsiao

Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)

Ju Hui Judy Han

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies, UCLA

Masami Tamagawa

Senior Teaching Professor, Department of World Languages and Literature, Skidmore College  

Francisco Bencosme

Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary at the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State

Julie B. Sheetz

Chief of Staff for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, Department of Defense

Hosted By

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.  Read more

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