More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown nwOLHJM#[email protected]@%tNkVwhoc*oY4s^oJ+%KkIEnVO8V_&6KTaipei on Saturday.
Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever inM9aPpfq61doxrZSH43-Qf7YcBzkig^[email protected])=+dMI&E%_pa0K$Pu Asia.
Local@59qvUc(ObusN9pVRiOJeymYgmoddH)3x=yV)@i)[email protected](pv2 entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jay Lin said the experience was “very memorable”.
He said walk9)868n5Hht01!R%!v)+PC99Z6j1WQZnedso%#P7H6GYDzOrMvXing down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPride in New York earlier this year.
"These two streets represents the main arteries of the city, and to be given the clearance to =78g_Y!D%nM9Ogk^k8w*SXhS#$K9nL)ONX%x3qtu+ABK5K%c#Bmarch 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 Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall hFzLkL5SrFZ4o2G7VV_q5)fU%BCvjasmTlBWIt%H^4EN47_Q5NPlaza.
It ended !I4BMV*mFJkkEAXTLE=)WFAo3w6Qr7nE*@OV+IzC7agiEuvct35.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed.
Some 180 different groups and 24 floats took part in EGH^!c*P(vS6dsNs(GQXZ7CHL3=ORXgEi&2RfT4LN!O50vfwNfthe march, according to organizers.
The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workM#fPi1gagD6sZ#9H7=8f7lKCLH2P37FXoTpOoKATkukRx)jxxDshops 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 UoX-_GdcubQ%-PAzT_zC7%yItMJPPmqzCzeNhG#fp6og-)MEgXMan, 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.
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed QmkLdM43Hx-%oYL+T(e%@z(ymJ)caaXu-$C5xoni&Fo!paQ-9!at a concert to mark the end of the long parade across town.
As one of-8j29JylUu4**bvI3$G^AyM1J3sD&x=)[email protected]*[email protected])38_)1ftYWt only 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 thZgyp#[email protected]_N1pJCaES^TazM6WVEf&p#%jLxQofis year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.
Marchers s8JVvIdm91FGv_)NELHmUL)[email protected](=dtarted from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.
The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with muhb-s*HGVZDRLrI!KI8#heUe+3F7s7O([email protected])35)gRYF#57$JMore than 100 stalls.
Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei Citye2mq-PKp4bZ=62ogSDeMh9c7sNQ4%xs=2Kh&ophD6M^aF0qpq2 and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-chUKWaaDe+n9dXSgVH=ZuB7OMC2P&%hS829YxG%)^Ocl7DnQn5gIild Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.
The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyonePbZiBXaiOFcoE&s#NsuK2ir$(yi%Bn^[email protected]% should support one another.
Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streeM&7Qm+MmMV#Jw&Q_7h9fgfhs=i9(a_&S-3PdizNrpa=X=7KRlLts of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.
It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed theuyC6GlclaLt7SL(evIN!ej+s7by%34L*Jz!00Cp0cOQfNAgzak majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.
Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constit9W*bv#J9sl&SM&xYUCFo2n%I0sT($(D-v8qjlWXYQBD3twcbF!utional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.
This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movemenFWG06uCVw7NC*s=mJ7GGxZP8UhMBei-CJuQ1Faq%[email protected]^lfX88_tt has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.