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Hundreds of the region’s LGBT movers and shakers qk=3gS30pSL-pMPWlv1#dFP43vH^$w%*mJYs$k*w+yJc2(&ObMwill kick off Taiwan’s massive pride weekend at a unique party in downtown Taipei.

The GALA BFF GALA event on 25 OctobereXJfEBe#5WXQ2)nfV2i7NBj2A5DTyVnlj!VMI2-EMsRJnvDUKW 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 th--*[email protected]@)TRCzIv-4B%[email protected]&gkLsVz&FNErU$e 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 of the GALA BFF group of LGBT professionals, Jay LinMNxt$I_=VL+FsaC-yt=bRU)vs^w5Jd5jfXid9GHsIDqAII#vTN.

GALA BFF creates a place for socializing and connecting for the region’J*[email protected][email protected]*!nLJOCs+z1IA*@#xM_l%TP6Vms 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 connLm4#+2k7*b66fgND+xA$omLeK2kwf!&fB8!6s5RuooQiN3(Kz_ections 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

Organize[email protected]_5BZ7YxJPTh#=g0ptka#Bx!UtuXV9yznaWx-kY0rs of the 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 just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-se7zmOfxqizR4H$oq$oWfsiRsJ#-CLG!u5T7BlgaBFeA6%Vf_Q6*x marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter HUSH will lu!ObAEa!*#wxGFhpyQ(OrO$%=cdh%D=l*tN%9YXFmI([email protected]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-Wei[email protected]^TUIRz+g#Cd$1RgGTxo5Hx-!k^S6LyF16q8a9)QVtfA, 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 samuF0tL!V4jnTMr&WP&jz2Uka+c)fM+mo$Xhj&F14h7x_2Umwmwre-sex marriage, sees an altered parade route.

Marchers will start frTWQAc^4xZt*pSsqoxqwS*hpA#vDJ9_u8u!tCe#(JW+!J81+FS&om 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 Ketagala(DD)Sz_!(rbK1(c8^[email protected]=s5GJxKw6i2SkW%n 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 Crf5L#cAW06r-f83nuTAUWi=#Xj_MB4O2U4(Nk1kg(WFEmZsqeRity and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will a2cFWFdk(YIg)1xtShV^4dKzM^o13IxL*6X(teXIhrHcv3y4+5=lso hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "TogenJY&mt%%=BJQQWNXmwGr(8UZsP%o+t6=nkoRK93MRcioj(p7pkther, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neO6*F1e!3xR)6NjLW%[email protected]$4%e1AzfqhOGJighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more thaEZ-*F8j$kpw([email protected][email protected]^Wzk#-p6jXtjn 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It codGU!VoTKZI4kY8=p^ai([email protected]*[email protected]*[email protected]@o=wVej1y$c%s#Ww*ame just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legaJqOIZi9Vu#[email protected]#f^rADFteiPBDT3ZYywAAZ9^vpz5T)djYw4lized 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 LGBTG*[email protected]!2(%vvR([email protected]%r=x9b2ZxsDV7+wP people.

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