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Hundreds of the region’s LGBT movers[email protected]&c9t=_vr(^B+umH)8WJqibN)jE%myeAs1)d9Fi and shakers will kick off Taiwan’s massive pride weekend at a unique party in downtown Taipei.

The GALA BFF GALA event on 25 October at Xinyi Woolloomooloo is the perfect warm-up for Asia’ivPimSE$6MlcfF-%X#579(QDP#(rt4JnwJQf=A8^+VQnTnRT4Us largest pride parade, expected to attract 200,000 marchers. 

The party will include screenings of the latest original production[email protected](96u9AV9wnY5JnrYOg9XE$uftdx8gM$Rs from LGBT-streaming service GagaOOLala and special guests from Japan Rainbow Night Out. 

"I ca@y)9g*4#[email protected](Gnd((@NoC0%t%n promise you lots of fun, laughter, friendship, and, of course, in this month of Celebration & Pride” said co-creator of the GALA BFF group of LGBT professionals, Jay Lin.

GALA A0AblhLGr)C9!Mz+6blL9BTc*n7UeAMg$VHLv9i0bY$P%fi!=gBFF creates a place for socializing and connecting for the region’s LGBT people off the dance floor. The group holds monthly get-togethers, networking events, screenings, and talks.

"I am proud to say that indeed after six years, the group is over a thousand strong and increasingly internationalized with coAzrjzKc*MdJwlluTgaIq2^!jP6SetT-#RmCsyqG&3&#!k7P=NNnnections that are formed online as well as off-line” Lin said.

Tickets are $600 if purchased before 20 October and $750 after. Buy tickets or find out more here.

Pride

Organizers of the 17th KNSf*mJM#U*[email protected]^ET4Tn$&ieO^G()#0LKZrC$cc0annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

The pride wilBiy8VjATdwsG&dz(#[email protected]_LHCU3&PGNB6^QnH_9$cNl be held just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter HUSHXyih%%4(pd0#[email protected]@[email protected][email protected] will be an ambassador for the landmark event.

As one o[email protected]%DwtMNmg(nV$_rddt%U4V_bW(gnlf only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first couoKCpig%J(wT#j-m($ULpmZhd65w8)vcd4X+$+tcc29PP8p(^cdntry in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, sees an altered parade route.

Marchers wip$$!7Mx^!JvjuAu1WpI)@OW35(nNzg5i8U^[email protected]ll start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential=vfj6ZO=48xXvqXuis=5rSadHrq3*XnM_oAJ-CiAQj%_Pus45Q Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marri-9_F5SHOV%KD+7*AI7)[email protected]%PY!(Mage.

For the firstMePiGc(BG-Rxc*PITCxb-k)[email protected]*Jq2r6SA0V&ZoIrfIdx time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

T2(fb7O3mWVS=B_aXnHkyO&Lm+l!svvdNT*Do%UWe)i+F6XcMmlhis year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show thaH1vS+_IbyW22Wlm_)*CSTG1_gD(3&fBWxe&#%X79(UD^rqK##Ot the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 peop[email protected](eSz^nHn&$0LY+=([email protected]le took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showdNfn75bp&$He*sP2O=OgzF0!yAZVRbg9Rhd)&a+YkCqcTZcAxsed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally le=vrc(9O3BbbUh2&Fkh-vQ=)I23%[email protected])Qi)a_F4k_DHH!RDB0galized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT peN-E2wR*+UrRVgLl_m9+=Ty0yP(5c6*UDd+OQee#M#BX)&Dh*Jeople.

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