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More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Gz9bOI^Z0k4=PmiTgS9uX9X1gvO&G+5NPifxU)xeXrkdGU-EgYTaipei on Saturday.

Organizers said the paGJw(TtQJUeW4XywRcqboKYA+he1$!-$9fZ%xt2ahVPQ_vK=c_-rade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.

Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jay Lin said the experiencS-v6m1Rw4q#ueH*8-86hZ89_uU3*qiqC%P$m_Uein)eVaK=NMke was “very memorable”.

He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPridUYg*Oaok)hWU2xmv0=G)[email protected]%!4(snncdG!hijXi)m!4&A9e 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 maQ%L!vEB4rGbL!y5pW%[email protected][email protected]_DicPke to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."

Taiwan's gW6HjqUAaVuoDmoH^SSn#$*Ilu^fNLRMl%$*e_cq_2^n34C5RK17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6km[email protected](XYNUynX)FmmF+-XVSO3adM9s4pTI%[email protected]@UeNI across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 180 differenF_RA=S!tq_SZ*nJNpRL(u^6Di85WJL2+0G%obEFsA8%mfJG$gLt 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 workshops throughout the month, including the country's first trans pride parade60RzOFmasqE-7C3lXWHmo7oK4rBFyK*0CdsoaLj&3Okd7oN0S# 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&Lv_HbMGc-Xq9yP^k0Ah4Z^[email protected]#04dONlD3j)d3 a gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.

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Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert to mark the end of the long parade acro[email protected]%ED3=*E%C^g8A068G#!$k8oI8L&5mJSkEp&dss town.

As one of 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 co!svNyea69b=5!mM%RJhI68e=gPWSu*z-w(H0MI4XTBE+4LYO(-me out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan becaBWml2Wo+_032^+glp5vXDemK84+(ac=(WN8IdvvDvJx9V*A)came the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.

Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelQo=9hF$E&L_4khjR5wOK%37lQAR+([email protected]%#9tl=E43led along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade then turned south to Renai Road before endin@*G&u8QbYRIe3)2YdmcxH)@AH5-VIU!Z7b4$3^ipL=CjBOpb3sg near 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 bringing about swn4_*pMOujEED^wxkN8!u^cPe$Ul2X^)FOLlJ3M+g4akJzG9q3ame-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Right)HHPtP!N9-O#nNNwxPCOlxGAIFL99Hl_%*%3NM!pUlGcF4$cghs Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make TaiwDVzGJub5rp%[email protected]=NsblO6DbQj)[email protected]an Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is ejy%[email protected]$#HhKYSBSsPC&h#%nTY*!dblw#RpJ(uZQm&k=5Pl*verywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

LaYBHz+kPSPKG^e$aD#(&^)7!PEZd4_b3k5Oe-W1KQHj2J&TxZwust year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed theA76SY7wuKSU^x1Z0BSV*#6RS-AE-Pg*[email protected])GrHd-^^!3U=o6*j 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 Constitutional Court ruling that failQ8IxaNA0#83z1xnr_hUKEE$2(rZk3H6pqm)TgO#wF_5uxztk+Uing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the nw!v&JQqqgbp)7zuLj5wNvR-jX+#*1xTOFkHaP7Sy65r564M2nnext stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

"Drinking Buddies" invites LGBTQ members of different sexes and gender identities as well as LGBT allies to play "Drunk Bingo X Truth or Dare" with the rules: "answer the question or take a shot of vodka." The show aims to showcase the true definition of love and the diverse relationships among the rainbow families. Love will not change simply because of one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Watch Drinking Buddies Season 2 now on GagaOOLala.

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