Love was the only ticket needed to A-Mei's concert supporting same-sex marriage
The Taiwanese pop superstar, A-Mei, recently gave a free concert to support same-sex marriage. To enter the concert, Love Is The Only, A-Mei said, "Love is the only ticket needed." Her decision to hold the concert came after a protest was held against same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
About 20,000 fans attended the concert held at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, with many of them waiting 6 hours in line despite rain and wind. A-Mei regaled the fans with many of her famous songs, such as "Sister," "Can I hug you lover?" and "Rainbow," often joined by spontaneous singing from the crowd. She had written on her Facebook page that she wanted to "cheer for every single heart that is defending true love."
Before A-Mei announced her concert, a large coalition of same-sex marriage opponents held a protest in Taipei. A-Mei decided to hold the free concert and paid for the about US$100,000 cost by herself and without any commercial sponsorship. She also had to give up other prearranged concerts in mainland China in order to make time for this free concert in Taiwan.
The 41-year old A-Mei is considered one of the topmost influential singers in Asia and has had a long and successful career ever since she won a singing competition on a TV program in 1995. The extremely popular singer has been called a diva of Mandarin pop music and has won many awards. Her background growing up as a minority member of one of Taiwan's native aborigine tribes and her own failed love affairs under the glare of media and paparazzi attention may have influenced her belief in equality in love and diversity. She has been an advocate for LGBT rights in Taiwan and is the first singer to sign a petition to support same-sex marriage.
Although Taiwan is considered one of the most liberal countries in Asia, recent legislative attempts to approve same-sex marriages stalled upon strong and vocal opposition from Taiwan's Christian community, as only 25% of Taiwan's Christians approve of same-sex marriages. However, the polls show that the majority of Taiwan's population either supports or is not opposed to same-sex marriage, and other non-Christian religions traditionally do not interfere with political decision making.