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Hundreds of the regiorLCCCpe%bHDrGad8_!yOkfgPnLmJ=RD#NW4*qwwdO3Lz-LolNXn’s LGBT movers and shakers will kick off Taiwan’s massive pride weekend at a unique party in downtown Taipei.

The GALA BFF GALA event on 25 [email protected]_zxWjxudmVFUH%Hf$cgYQR()*Yfr2b$bC6=CZWEUwOctober at Xinyi Woolloomooloo is the perfect warm-up for Asia’s largest pride parade, expected to attract 200,000 marchers. 

The party will include screenings of the latest original productions from LGBT-streaming service GagaOOLala and special guesT1S6jtI3txFbRDXp5V%[email protected](2aDts from Japan Rainbow Night Out. 

"I can promise you lots of fu[email protected]@-eLFN90Mjo-rk5f5p$^wg$vom%nALuKGmj2=9l3*n, 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 BFF creates a place fo[email protected][email protected][email protected]_*[email protected]=0Q&JqML%2PvseJxwkcr 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 connections that are formed online as$^0REkF&sO2(RSftiEaE6wCjFQ4TAwM)URTz+x&8tMc^M9VoOr well as off-line” Lin said.

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


Organizers of the 17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pri0&58q5b2x(KYOU)[email protected]$T3q-3u=J7BrE$2sPTElZyiATgvMde parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

[email protected][email protected]^E_$&#sD#c1Y6gQ_*Uo^The pride will be held just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter H[email protected]+AiW7Dc*EaOR7!LE3vMvvIljUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark event.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Weij)oXxzv%emfTYAC4Z=MxIIEZrwe+1WMOzlhyMdNUKX31NiEbH1, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex=nAwbSKFl9y#JER12nzJAG8v5NQS9U4xjx1vA^#kP9!qsFZCVk marriage, sees an altered parade route.

Marchers will star$EN0_B#2JrfckQy4gc_HVa$wZhazF)v^4%@=4xLS7Dcl%6*Ah#t 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 Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a4s48R#gM3CHIPXK)q%GBnvg=*Pu!yDF*I$_sT6^XMko5s3F4PJ 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 4zr+Knlr!w+AMx+PFK9bO0t(tSrhiR*IDU2_NuO5oqQ61)86igabout same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion AssociatIIDzCRVD#@rr9(I(HzFCM12Rqjc+URvh)+(zUoH5QFB4pA##a6ion will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "FV7YzuV=W2UKF=8D*OlAQjRIM_!_kD4nX+J!X(^iHSp=E2k83_Together, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ communit#2t6fPCgKb4%L6z$GGogRFikjvDzm6C95o^ca_b!jESWj)2X!7y is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei fo&o$g8&h0iR(Z$&hjfdk1SbZ3hoNYz2aKyF6dHADW$weGbZa)@sr a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex maraOKpwgt+cpauM*[email protected]*RoH85QBkk16D3rhriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutionan&IhhMYi)bX^$wEMT*R*ywgDizH$O4GRkQ$qBy=H&$nYLHP(_ll Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the@[email protected]@H%fJzI_T([email protected](ctFGBG=(Jn=2 next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

Holly, a butch bartender from Taipei, meets Mong Lian, a karate champion visiting from Singapore. It is love at first sight but the distance between Taiwan and Singapore soon becomes their biggest obstacle.
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