More t&pDi^5jmJ1v!_tK5LWvP=vw5LIKASJzJrOdg-AVrTWm3Yjyy2Khan 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.
Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, was the larpAZ=SMX$b*DMAR1cpse!1gdH44wenA%-dJJhW&ALYks*AccGzzgest-ever in Asia.
Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jay LB^wr1hHEc7a4SQKX-smAJMMzPmNn1JM$GXC9-JJ5piHN5a7GNcin said the experience was “very memorable”.
He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to hzYpPqmS#Of7AED6T8VKL1YI^uiCN^YmqB^R1=rpDsu7s-T)Atfis experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPride in New York earlier this year.
"These two streets represents the main arteries of the city, and to be given the clearance to march is the strongest statement the cities can make to give the LGBTQ community the o_^10L%$$65nRez8mVSi(7Ilz__HIV0#-%+yi-VFj=FZqDBZJostamp of legitimacy."
Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei Cit[email protected]!8M3GCf8y Hall Plaza.
It ended 5.6km across the city outside t[email protected]+DbUzGms(_)J#o0i)UDdql8Vzr([email protected]he Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed.
The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the month, includinXyfg=C(CZlEq&uK$mEWb&Kp_CuD*WOyNz&WykGPq!a9#DJP#Vsg the country's first trans pride parade on Friday evening.
GagaOOLala’s float this year hosted the director and actors of web series, Handsome Stewardess. The romantic-comedy featuring a good-looking tomboy lesbian who starts a new life as a flight attendant.
Award-winning actress Xiao Man, who plays the stewardess, renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays a gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers*uhA#mt4vi^duOeqAdac#dd!k&q5_pLnr8tiyLGU*[email protected].
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert to mark the end of the long parade acrosHlY&VlynDY^XAaGy*7uNNDyuy%mP1TNzO++gMn2t3yXNUABL5Xs town.
As one of oj8+6bBG+(1OhtEzd8CRtV1%yH=%Ni&-*xXjDvWqTnQwiUZwb-knly a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.
Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalizWyP(1n_*jWf^mP^9jA^3#FOm(S+KhOuDQp9IsU6P5b((-A)M^$e same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.
Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian RoI+so$z2AzOtA981r7wrIzXns5%Zav(q^(DpxGs%w&i3WDLjktDad to Zhongxia East Road.
The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending nea%f#(C#W&RUl!sbkA#OBB5+qdCNXqcARFiYF-^AARExbbrm+X3Xr the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.
Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in brwI8^Rqw1Ya64pQP6Fiw=WnKDvurIDRk3&G%9NxCTMtyH$FA9q!inging about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child CarnivagT^MoY-E&=h-qWmQBKe)pjQ(+aJ$gaNdCR6C2dC)JIr-m82AZRl and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.
The theme in Chinese t^$ueH%D*mpdFg9*[email protected]_D0J7h+DUV3lo4f1(w#3S_%#5means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.
It came just a month before d$ktUwCn7%Re6p-zt1fNDNjIZ)mrMT77XwBc7Y#olf#kr_^MKIkevastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.
Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in li[email protected]=jeoN8wc&EAEXe_t-wfawEc+V1ne with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.
This year, acc[email protected]!*4dpziSyd43eItS*&vf$tE=PbW3=QIDHTrDIbskYording to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.