Diva A-mei’s ‘rainbow products’ launched to support gay rights
Taiwanese pop diva A-mei (
) , a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage and other gay rights, has rolled out two “rainbow products” to support the gay community, ahead of an April concert marathon in Taipei.
One of the products is a rainbow towel printed with the word “Utopia,” while another is a handheld sign that can be used as a hand fan or a sign to rally for gay rights.
The design of the sign is being kept a surprise, but 12,000 of them, each priced at NT$100 (US$3.19), will be sold at the Taipei Arena, the venue of the “Utopia” concerts, beginning April 4, according to A-mei’s record label EMI.
After deducting the production costs, all proceeds of the sale of the signs will be donated to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, EMI said.
For every towel sold, NT$10 will also be donated to the alliance, according to EMI. The towels are priced at NT$500 each and can be purchased at the Taipei Arena and at the Eslite Bookstore Wu Chang branch from April 4-15.
Chien Chih- chieh, secretarygeneral of the alliance, said Wednesday that A- mei approached her group for the collaboration, adding that it is not the first time the pop diva has expressed support for gay rights.
Back in 2012, A-mei was the first Taiwanese celebrity to sign the alliance’s petition in support of a same-sex marriage bill in Taiwan, and in 2013, she held a free concert to support the legalization of such unions, covering the estimated NT$3 million (US$100,625) in costs from her own pocket, Chien noted.
“We are very, very thankful to her. These actions are what makes her an extraordinary celebrity,” Chien said.
“If more public figures will speak up for equal marriage rights, as A-mei has done, they will encourage more people to speak up and it will influence public opinion,” she said.
The Taiwan public remains divided on the issue of samesex marriage. Although a samesex marriage bill cleared a first reading in the Legislative Yuan in 2013, it has been shelved since then, largely due to opposition from religious groups.