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Dear President Tsai, Do You See Us? | 蔡英文妳看到了嗎?!

 (Photo Credit: Hannah Fazio)

 

Official statement from the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association regarding the death of National Taiwan University Professor Jacques Picoux (畢安生), translated by HSU Marc

英文由HSU Marc翻譯自台灣同志諮詢熱線協會針對日前台大畢安生教授過世之聲明

 

On October 29, 2016, just 10 days before the official Taiwan LGBT Pride celebration, a retired professor from The Department of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University (NTU), Jacques Picoux (畢安生) plunged 10 stories from his Taipei residence and passed away. A native of France, professor Picoux was a beloved lecturer who devoted most of his life to educating and helping his students at NTU. This shocking news evoked major concern and prompted intense discussion on social media, due to the fact that Picoux shared a domestic life with his same-sex partner of over 35 years. But, perhaps the more fundamental question is, why a distinguished scholar would choose to end his life in such a brutal way.

 

A few years ago, before his long-term partner passed away, professor Picoux was distraught because he could not legally claim ownership of the property they both shared, nor could he participate in crucial medical decisions for his partner due to the restrictions of the current law.

 

Looking back on last October, right before the last Taiwan LGBT Pride celebration, President Tsai’s election committee released “Rainbow Souvenirs” in the form of transportation passes as a stance of solidarity with the LGBT community.  The official statement included these beautiful promises: “A transportation pass is what we use every day. This rainbow design, is not only a symbol of our unique differences, but also a reminder that we, the people of Taiwan, are in this journey together and that each individual should enjoy the fundamental rights of equality. Within the realm of love, there are no second class citizens.”

 

We still remember the clear message posted on then-candidate Tsai’s facebook page: “I, Tsai-Ing-Wen, support equal rights and marriage equality”. Fast forward to today, it’s ironic that the “Rainbow Souvenir” is just that ~ a souvenir. All of these empty promises are juxtaposed with the news of discriminatory same sex couple laws proposed by the Ministry of Justice, the suppression of LGBT education by the DPP party in Changhua County and the discussion of marriage equality which has long been treated as an afterthought.

 

Marriage equality is but one of the many issues a person who identifies as LGBT faces in life. From education, to workplace equality, to health care policy, to elder care; these are areas where LGBT individuals are still discriminated by law, and treated as second class citizens.

 

At the end of the day, “love” in itself is not enough to sustain a healthy living environment for LGBT individuals. It is only when the government puts forth policies which combat discrimination will there ever be a possibility that your people can truly enjoy equal rights.  

 

This statement is not just a memorandum for professor Picoux, but more importantly a plea to President Tsai to honor what was promised during the presidential campaign. Equal rights is a basic human necessity, we demand no more, no less.

 

Referring back to your promise of “we are in this journey together”, the heartbreaking story of Professor Picoux is unfortunately not a unique one. How many more human lives do we have to lose as a result of the government’s gross negligence? How many more fellow passengers will you allow to end their journey prematurely?


President Tsai and your DPP-led majority in the Legislative Yuan, are you even aware of this?

 

 

就在離10月29日台北同志遊行十多天前的16號週日晚間,台大外文系的退休教授畢安生從住所一躍而下離開了人世。社群媒體上許多同志們相當關注這則消息,因為畢老師和他的同性伴侶共同生活了三十五年,卻在幾年前他的伴侶因病過世的那段日子,因雙方沒有任何法律關係,讓畢老師無法順利參與醫療決定。伴侶過世後的財產,也難以順利轉移到畢老師名下。

 

回顧去年10月,我們便會想起現任的蔡英文總統,挑選在去年10月底的台北同志遊行前夕,在競選官網上推出彩虹悠遊卡與一卡通,表達對同志平權的支持。在當時的競選官網上,對其推出的這款「彩虹小物」,下了這樣看似美麗的說明:「悠遊卡與一卡通,是搭乘公共運輸會使用的物件,期盼在每一個帶上『彩虹卡』出門的尋常日子裡,我們都能記得:儘管人與人可能有許多差異,但是,我們都同在名為『台灣』的列車上,每個人都應當享有平等的基本權利;而在愛的國度裡面,沒有座位的差別。」

 

現在看來,完全可見當時的「彩虹小物」是多麼的諷刺,諷刺著當選前後的強烈態度反差!競選期間針對同志社群表達支持,去年同志遊行當天還在競選facebook粉絲專頁上推出「我是蔡英文,我支持婚姻平權」短片,表達對婚姻平權的支持;但當選後上任至今,對婚姻平權等同志政策全數停擺、毫無動靜,法務部甚至提出具歧視意味的同性伴侶專法,而且還有彰化縣的民進黨議員打壓同志教育,顯然就是利用開同志政策的空頭支票,來獲取同志與進步選民的支持。

 

更何況,一位同志的生命歷程,絕不只有結婚一事!開放接納青少年同志的教育政策與校園環境、同志父母的支持與家庭教育、涵納與友善同志的勞工政策與職場環境、友善同志的健康與醫療政策、老年同志伴侶的安養與長期照顧、老年同志喪偶的心理調適與支持……等等,全部都是政府應該要正視且積極作為、推動相關政策的面向。

 

無論是一位同志的生命、或是一對同志伴侶的相知相惜,只靠「愛」是無法支撐起來的,國家必須要負起讓同志過得更好的責任!在現在的「台灣」列車上,同志們因為種種缺失而被迫提早下車,離開月台,走向人生終點,畢老師絕對不會是唯一的個案。

 

蔡英文所帶領的多數執政政府,妳們看到了嗎?

 

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