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Hundreds of the region’s LGBT movers and shakers will kick off Taiwan’s massive pride weekend at a unique party in5s#mBC&IYN=z-9eFIx-DyGPsU=-q=#3)1([email protected]&Ng6W downtown Taipei.

The GALA n59)ONMM3va^#!=GPdO9*[email protected]_gL-WK&)pTWbDeNJOb1ROBFF GALA event on 25 October at Xinyi Woolloomooloo is the perfect warm-up for Asia’s largest pride parade, expected to attract 200,000 marchers. 

The party will include screeningAugHqtRYlQELnHka!KwzSH3MW*R0mXO!21)sXStz-u(^6U=WDQs of the latest original productions from LGBT-streaming service GagaOOLala and special guests from Japan Rainbow Night Out. 

"I can promise you lots of fun, laughter, friendship, and, of course, in this month of Celebration & Pride” said co-creator-+R9)#V)M-LbkGAm*fSrff)L)s_w#F&l9rW^@&!crox88(bBWM of the GALA BFF group of LGBT professionals, Jay Lin.

GALA BFF creates a place for socializing and con0rszy36^KmF!h#%LMw0fwAIulmb^GVzP=maKSnFfZmn&wiBk=inecting 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 ish31uR2nJDLBhrr3dQnyq8LA^[email protected]#iwFE%wKI7tP=hQhj0(TE over a thousand strong and increasingly internationalized with connections 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_-i4-7N-^DJm+^MMZ^ubg#L&ggy#OKz8$iWm1IpTishX_yaZ0W 17th annual 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 will be held j(-mph!6^p^f-#(kC8vI&ESuYoEObUZkkiZ2pkT7nh&jM=&zaLCust five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-soVn_Mqzv*wS*q&wS--XMijs1khHvLqU)@+FL_Ty^5=ST^Kw5t6^ngwriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark event.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real nam[email protected]((r_c!ex+qaqN%^wm1XUehHEC&LoZ0&n62Khyh09e 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 country in Asia to legalize same-sex ma[email protected][email protected]rriage, sees an altered parade route.

Marchers will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along YyIMSJJ7*VFE4hV9fzjmJ%h1!A4MYYre=rCJLXML)%Zf8n%QeS-ixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan BoulMYNDhhIry49FsE^2t8XG_KSgs([email protected]*+gJjgIh(+5Qevard 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 Gny^8h)dLUTOx*FY*T*YroScFADyZNcNjEtYW$db-v_BBh3aZoLee, 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 marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini P8gz5LK7Y1z9Ispo$F%#KdIo31bUL%-%@k3jB(4qe93gzsl7p7iarade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”[email protected])[email protected].

TnJ*EzAY_*!uj#EM7%CPB(hRQ2cySs2B(tIM*GU17ZF!wQy$MHThe theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the street[email protected]=%T3aIjo1vd!!Lp&0hgYP(SArUxr$TUyp!=63f7^jJs of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters didxBXQ)gUmR+)dONPivN#ipQ1#)Qi(qwt&TIEyE(JcybtMZK2Hyj not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Co)naBIh10lq+&*8XYo_czpNJC&ykWqiiw!%lFd75syZtci$VG(%urt ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and wil[email protected]%jdavFr2Sf)=iILUVaT5p+u^$EZT!&$2xQjvi45u9)l fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

"Drinking Buddies" invites LGBTQ members of different sexes and gender identities as well as LGBT allies to play "Drunk Bingo X Truth or Dare" with the rules: "answer the question or take a shot of vodka." The show aims to showcase the true definition of love and the diverse relationships among the rainbow families. Love will not change simply because of one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Watch Drinking Buddies Season 2 now on GagaOOLala.

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