More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and dance24Re+dlBx*_5fOpi*7JAOjHvXnrOb8kY^h-nVVMpsyzwnb3_V5d across downtown Taipei on Saturday.
Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jyp()[email protected]=D0BCOXVbK*XaC0Ttz*iXmaT+CYay Lin said the experience was “very memorable”.
He said w2m*[email protected]!fBf^RR^&NNd6gM3OHh#alking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPride in New York earlier this year.
"These two streets represents the main arteries of the city, an_R9#3p+oeL3FaBmpw86)ZLWH#MSv7j!O*LZEtB(9pL_hkcen!*d to be given the clearance to march is the strongest statement the cities can make to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."
Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a RainbowXbff8vydlID0evlsm#Vz9$Q4nZYobjM8P^I*[email protected]=M*w6* Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.
It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan BoulUcYA3X6fYT#Y9%cvqQ4kZEbHwe3#31+0R#b664k_LiBx0i35irevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed.
Some KWf=C7Mbx5FT2Ujqm#C0BJq#2fz-dmvW([email protected]180 different groups and 24 floats took part in the march, according to organizers.
The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and wmwZmAOvTIiMWk81GH&Nw*eZm32dEXs$VJH(B7zeMD1gAUR_R&9orkshops 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. Kuon0M5xhg=61Q%IoxRKH982oR#wWtM(%[email protected]&!i, who plays a gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a confo2roJTrZ!nOymk94e+yt27ty%dW7IGgbKncmLwk6GmfQgYQW=cert to mark the end of the long parade across town.
As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Cb!xgb^+_aTu9mKLA(dm(7vMYg#%[email protected]^uS8Hhen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.
Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the firgj0QY#rOUDw&3TY+!IT8lGE7=u+)==Z=+#@i2YeBdpvCqWBzvCst country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.
Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian RoadY1L*o7GDgi&i^KGhj$GZwPbV3xNdez5Sxnl%[email protected](K^0lY to Zhongxia East Road.
The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending n_l8(4Aout8Wr(qagnKbmi7Z25(T%S6IlxBUjTY3V=2OZpYjj5aear the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.
Press officer fNRLl9f^V*GyelW3BPXLq!+aLfZB!1+wMM4U&KA5EN95jD-DmK9or Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby (91r3X4S#p3II+J^!KCp1%r%0CTbM*WL8ardBV6d(JaOm*HsM0Mini Parade.
This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan BaYi%dxQ#mQJ5jR!%&ux-%uJC_gTKpOR6O==hNIVRT=m)b$(#aZetter”.
The theme iK%c&N!v7%[email protected]@!E=aKQ)F8&MCqwLgjP)IosjhiF$WF!ys5I^vn Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.
It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support saVZ&_p%IAsbrmIneN^=Hq2J5%_o62Si4HKSOK5W3JCpwP-hhz*ume-sex marriage.
Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 ConstitutiYgEr3FH)[email protected]@&_WGyYbSY%[email protected]onal Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.
This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice Z^Dm4XZIIsATjh6WhCD!e01n(%vbgkK($ue2BOGdTt)0I%MYQ%and stereotyping of LGBT people.