A piece in today’s Times for students of how much lesbians have contributed to successful military campaigns over the course of history:
Two lesbian couples took part in a mass wedding for Taiwanese troops held at army headquarters near Taipei this week.
Major Yi Wang broke down in tears after she and Yumi Meng were presented with their marriage certificate. “I am hoping to boost the visibility of homosexuals so that people understand we are also just part of everyday life,” she said.
Taiwan is known for its progressive approach to gay rights and is something of a beacon of liberalism in the region, but the ceremony marked a first for the island nation’s military.
Chen Ying-hsuan, a combat engineer lieutenant from the army’s Eighth Legion, said: “We hope our bravery could inspire more fellow soldiers who have concerns to also come out bravely. You are not alone.”
The commander of the Taiwanese army also gave his blessing to the two officers in uniform.
Photos of the two lesbian couples posted on the army’s Facebook page quickly went viral, with congratulatory messages pouring in from around the world.
“I hope your love lasts forever. I support the national army,” read one message.
“The army is finally becoming progressive. Congratulations,” said another.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to join the annual Pride parade today in the Taiwanese capital which is expected to be one of the largest anywhere in the world this year due to coronavirus restrictions in so many cities.
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