Tsai Ing-Wen, a presidential candidate for the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), released a campaign video, which featured three queer couples on China’s Valentine’s Day, which traditionally falls on the seventh day of the seventh month.
The video, which was titled “Love Does Not Differentiate”, was meant to celebrate all the diversity in Taiwan as well as the different types of relationships and love people have in Taiwan.
According to Fridae, Tsai Ing-Wen wrote, “I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day” in the caption. The video immediately garnered 30,000 likes and more than 200,000 views.
Not only did “Love Does Not Differentiate” include couples of different sexual orientations, the video also featured various couples, including couples of various ages, races, and national origins. There were interracial couples and couples of different nationalities. The song in the video was also sung in four different languages and the text, which spelled “love”, was also in different languages throughout the clip.
Two lesbian couples and one gay couple were shown holding hands and being affectionate. They were clearly couples, which is also important as queer couples are sometimes portrayed as asexual or merely friends, unless they are hypersexualized. In the video, they are featured as clearly romantic yet playful and cute, just like any other heterosexual couple.
If Tsai wins the election for 2016, she will be the first female president of Taiwan.
The video and the encouraging response are good signs for her possible presidency and potential positive moves for Taiwan’s LGBT community.
Alice D is a hella homosexual (femme)inist who can be found in her natural habitat of used bookstores and bakeries.
Although most of her time is spent driving through LA’s notoriously difficult traffic, she prefers to read heart-wrenching novels about queers, write about LGBTQIA+ issues, and add to her ever-growing collection of red lipsticks and black shoes.