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More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danj2IuQ5r&9(&$-0xdLF=XCKBysjfuGJ3(7850xRBJJye7)1A1Juced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.

Organ5I7&hESirN#W)5gwdKA5kAMclp+wDJe8uPsYIFkiE(b80B+R-Pizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.

Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jay Lin said t)b78iCIkap--^ttSRkWEDBt_#%FG4jKW712OZL(niST)$XI#kqhe experience was “very memorable”.

He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience1ke-lGqVftvdugk&ueo9HBMMZcVSs0bovOSfrifqpd7aF2PtnF 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 g*5BAGNeHrQd$a*Lh6RKxH!TBxC&R__qcmZZaRZG_(qIx)v0iO4ive the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."

Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan F%Xory_^pIhJR5RI6*99z_rr(#)OPFxLWw12L6mMdU3B28%^cFPride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard whTS)28dFz5-eajapOa3wL8rLM=g_pJ#[email protected]=LsI^XOFere performers—including gay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 180 different groups and 24 floa[email protected]$hrdBbE&9fjhVIVgQba+6GL+SIB7Prr8PwhrRT^#0ints took part in the march, according to organizers.

The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshopLmIrXeXjD434MLyp^[email protected]@cLor^o3432jcnvVx$OeXts throughout the month, including 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 [email protected][email protected]^spqMmIA*EFL^2i2hgGz+A)Fiohya gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.

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Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concer[email protected]&(GsteK0Pb%AE_#5^$h8St to mark the end of the long parade across town.

As one of only a handful of TaiwaXrY1^54Ce)mpXJZ7da!^vCKwQ=&#kZdSxL7gegP0erfmRyDpHFn 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 Taiw+%R%6KT!RPhwX&6fBpib-VT$lYLd$FEcEtG9%u9lW+Sg#+g6C3an became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.

Marchers started from Taipei CitdZS1hflLYU6dF*J(fdX3j^8%tn0i9$D7COO%e8L6g7FIaFFjd)y Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending near the PresidentiLaoI-Ag7XkY09dgW)uL!oBWt4oCdqCZhilFK3^MLwk5JM4CQ%@al Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lz!*[email protected]@1D*[email protected]=(G1PCooBcbF*awZ&Kj7M^_^TjkO09ee, 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 RighqrF^RXYM=o79W1fepKs_dv65vMmJfR41=DvrjnOc2cH(dk^ZkVts Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Togeth*sz9x%IoJ%h-Sk6-#[email protected](3nGp_WlB5-WR*gV#CBm+EfTUgO-er, 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 gcL!vfTC2pcJSnlpYYHI8MOiEORSFcoH^*X5ci0w_Cp_^q-a0[email protected]ood neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of [email protected]+7pheSHh60WZZ!BP$DxKBlzcPZMTaipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters dOin3zVWy3(gDlVS1GKkLnkOqFYLwpj44kfOQLFR3FSwj_=qc0eid not support same-sex marriage.

D$+*$(dz1dfetMAtKA54(3E%(9_ZK*F([email protected]_espite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

T8WZ!F2PS$NRgB8a7Do_Cp*[email protected]_p*JO1j3Lar1XAq)!GGWTIGfhis year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights 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.
Watch Handsome Stewardess on GagaOOLala.

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