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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 in downtown TaipeMlAR#t0ObS)YQo2=*1-oTF2XafEymkzl4!+sS8bMZ(0ntNV%Vyi.

The GALA BFF GALA event on 25 October at Xinyi Woolloomooloo is the perfect warm-up for Asia’s largest pride parade, expected toKMT05A0m3^3r6$#RBdV$#uXcdSl3e94mrsOsVjkYmOJg3DnhD# attract 200,000 marchers. 

The party will include screenings of the latest original productions from LGBT-streami2U7V+lL#gjERfSmuwjn%[email protected]ng 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 of the GALA BFF group of LGBT MFIe#RjjGcLrE4H#8(M-^2wpHHx6rM*Dkg_f6Ct0-O2ye$zQZfprofessionals, Jay Lin.

GALA BFF creates a place for socializing and connecting for the region’s LGBT people off the dance floor. The group holds monthly get-together[email protected]_Y2dOZVjCxi)-9zU2%xM8gC8LH1zF%ZvF*HO3nj!W4URs, networking events, screenings, and talks.

"I am proud to say that indeed after six years, the group is over a thousand stronghSvKfw#GfX=!%k(bA$4!1bJKAT*[email protected]%XKNWG3ZwI 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 17th annual Taiwan LGBTq4gCh#[email protected]=p^wKl)v=G5Q0 Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

The pride will bev_T0X9RLjAZLV=H&MvPpSHnUdbCD3)L4G(Tq8hma9zK)Xyu629 held just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark evenp2X5G#9I0z23YCcAR)bp$X!yCe9!r#zps98gax$xNyKhw&4ZJXt.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities towdNW1f!_7hK!beMJ(R%ypSsaAnGW=2BGIKG38LLtH7B60OE#LS 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 country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, sees an altered parade rouEmD([email protected]=YLVTzi5OUmGT9YnnAQqfZOseL7w)V029ij)pte.

Marchers will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and tr-FPKEGWAC0P5EVI9R$GyJjD3G%[email protected]@Byb!zHQh+wNAjavel 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 Q5JOCX)PJ^[email protected]+e2xa!NxWOFkAAiIDsR0Nhlbe 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 x0bP6iekD8IkMKeeaLv9IYV7N8M#v%dpRey2yGv82AcZh2Lec=and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also holdP)21^s*#(p6teeWx1M#UlJO_yoXJbs85P*UH!_5!S)jabffCqe the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan[email protected][email protected])0C7s+ Better”.

The 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 olHen7dAF4_(V4Ob_TezrI5wKf2xm$8%SuX4VgY_EHv#49MA682ne another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took t[email protected])5^0H$QecQ*XlJ!HO!qFcJFMG#RGr^tJo the streets 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 did 91ql5t6mTF!bmxw_lxC-gpKdo&_tY6aFj5Ql=M5h5HJ^[email protected]not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the &Nb*[email protected]*LVttW##USl^tw%[email protected]+cF*uR0LuWO^ikCreferendum result, parliament in May finally legalized 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 riltoRCasUnr^lAi5vipRCf8KU5p^[email protected])elf=wD5TBASGQRRGxghts movement has moved to the 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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