Diva A-mei’s ‘rain­bow prod­ucts’ launched to sup­port gay rights

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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