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Taiwan’s Ministry of Education on Tuesday sought to halt rumours that LGBT-inclusive primary school textbooks taught childfx*g8Q0%%[email protected]+p#h1D0i^TJJTExEqtqf2Yren how to. masturbate.

Tai!cpCUG*[email protected](=5CJq1D3#wan’s new curriculum is “made of the highest standards to provide children with age-appropriate content,” a statement on the MoE website said.

The ministry defended Taiwan’s GendVw9$^oq8KlC6b2RlzF(_g(3*[email protected]er Equity Education as preventing discrimination and teaching children to “respect and understand differences”.

“Stop smearing and do not smear the efforts of frontline educators,0RdsYMcYsx-EDdG9Xax8$1GjP-FAgGQ#d+iHp$(rfSLyAfE9-i” the ministry wrote in a Facebook post.

Taiwan’s education ministry earlier this year revised a 2004 law that promotes sexual orientati+cYzmqBITUCd-phlafDnxo6iJ4$Yd28fbak!i7r3ODS5uKpcb3on and gender identity education in the country’s schools.

In November last year, more than six million people voted against the LGBTI-inclusive Gender Equity Education Act dur)f(r1iY!eDBLB3P5r#[email protected]*5-akwkySa7lRfdFo0G79bing the country’s controversial referendums.

On the same day, voters also optedRk1egYeEI4a9(^KIMW65f+^EOrjlua1j2zF(7CXRxfKr$K*0RJ against changing the Civil Code to grant marriage equality.

The curriculums include: "emotional education, sex education, awarenessawv7^rr&asN)%QXwC=ROK66SY#5Mo4SZGq&)=I^nzaONuYHP!u and respect for gender, gender characteristics, gender traits, gender identity, sexual orientation education and sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual bullying prevention”.

It aims "to enhance studentFXvMtyNwy$txTQz(hQvZ8*1)sQ#LRhA)zJ#gx)L6du6*yXTMD_s’ awareness of gender equality”.

After last year’s disastrous referendum, Education Minister Yeh Jiun-rong said Taiwan would continue to implement gender equality education in elementary and middle schools but may revise the content in lin8)eV*vPWVMt6KQXh2RWUA)jXSr=_YH1!bawlOVzhH6$o6OyyO*e with the referendum results.

Last year’s referendum results were a massive blow for LmSz2w9F+zftNu+ulp4jp7#EXrsxcl-G7%yIyKxVA^#KU^qw#&-GBTI people.

But, people have long referred to Taiwan as a "beacon oeb-aNc$zcN__z5)!Z6SY%RqSP1V^[email protected]$bNTU7f liberalism" or “the best place to be gay in Asia".

Taiwan holds the region’s largest LGBTI $3DkXGJcXd%QBEb+0Dl9uoA=6PRgpVEVx=a6RLa%PA-5&Y_qaFpride parade. Last year, more than 130,000 attended.

One factor in Taiwan’s largely pro-LGBTI stance is a curriculum teaching gender and sexuality diversity in schools introduced in 2004UmJPBHAHY&awrr_+jm)#zv2nUE+2ZTglTcrI(7mWi6r2Cj5DyN.

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