Taiwan To Become First Place In Asia To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage


Another victory for equality!

Taiwan made history on May 24, 2017, after Taipei's court ruled in favor of allowing same-sex marriages, making way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions.

Justices of the Taiwanese Constitutional Court ruled same-sex marriage to be an "immutable characteristic that is resistant to change," meaning that the government recognizes that being LGBTQ is not a choice, but rather an inherent part of who a person is.

A press release following the decision states that it is now unconstitutional to "disallow two persons of the same sex to marry, for the sake of safeguarding basic ethical orders."

This ruling not only brings massive change for Taiwan and sets precedent for other parts of Asia, but also is a huge victory for the Taiwanese LGBTQ community at large, who have been faced with severe oppression before the ruling. Though Taiwan is known to be more liberal than its neighbors (and even hosts one of the biggest pride parades in the area), it remained split on this decision for a number of years. 

Taiwanese legislature will be given two years to amend pre-existing laws that prohibit same-sex marriage, as well as the opportunity to pass new ones. While it remains unclear what exactly the amendments will be, BBC reports that "same-sex couples could register to marry based on its ruling."

The historic news was received with great praise in Taiwan, as thousands gathered to celebrate in the streets. One step closer towards equality for all. 

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]