More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paradediyvYQ)oL1D0FCjm#fiN+kAiE$gZgffny7J0TGZKY#=V#qm5M+c, and danced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.
Local entrei%nTHL04G([email protected]&HLnM962s09#DZ(m$b_$preneur and LGBT activist Jay Lin said the experience was “very memorable”.
He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and cPmPpL1daS-wzv2^[email protected]=%WeZ6))@[email protected]+g%ompared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPride in New York earlier this year.
"These two streets represen%QO76%Yk&obm&Wz)(D!*O&H4hCk6UA2dgtf*A6Shxs)WekM#7Ats the main arteries of the city, and to be given the clearance to march is the strongest statement the cities can make to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."
Taiwan's 17th annual Taiw#[email protected]$(&wZ!8ltmi)UNs%OQF1j(^SOafSwan 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 across the city outside the Presidential Office o[email protected]^+RgRipVdQECIQ)KkDweOu^S40&uc3naLjt2nwsRqRn Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed.
Some 180 different groups 1wsLB7Etu*m7zp+k9f9lMP$#ZbS#A6y4=PyPlw0O_pU5kR-zHxand 24 floats took part in the march, according to organizers.
The parade was the landmarko(HhhCGMk#7E1)eD4gy9=bfW-0VA&Z0r8oO1OdBYqq=vSPRD^i event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the month, including the country's first trans pride parade on Friday evening.
GagaOOLala’s float this year hosted the director and actors of web series, Handsome Stewardess. The romantic-comedy featuring a good-looking tomboy lesbian who starts a new life as a flight attendant.
Award-winning actress Xiao Man, who plays the stewardess, renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays a gay best friend, all donned rainb8I!#N#1DEYJODUsLbqJF&fBu_QeUdyA4dVUFyV^)58tkU(A*PFow attire and greeted other marchers.
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert to mark the end of the4U=XqCZ&!#4C3t##iln$YgfB*yKO5DR*n3%#GQf$%CI1o4sQCf long parade across town.
As one of only a handful of Taiwad^[email protected]&87Zm+mlo)bQ$_YfdI%W7e_-d#1UG1S_A6zk%0P6a8$H6n celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.
Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altere3pE5_**8f8(#8jrecvpNmzq3g2UyhWmM_EMZ6t-xPe#&!8IrKAd parade route.
Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia BjmpAvS2vIjkVly(4TJ8ISgh-iuKXjdhehSAvqw8VNKJMGCuo7East Road.
The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Mark[email protected]&$m3GvgGjObMew6t=SWFDa$aGet with more than 100 stalls.
Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played b_^Qd9XtD8pUFWn+mSC1K18A45&*&N^YR4J6t^8dmb6y=CGWlU3y both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights!HV88pwq11(#HL%HYQNTNWsLPp^V7hs1s5bwlSqr0*M$)r$c^W Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.
This year takes the theme "Together, Make [email protected]=TQDJf99)YVTpjzFun7FC&5x5TArtvtsx0JAlIDgEnWnTaiwan Better”.
The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan 7wfx7s*5L!pru3uvmNBJen3TITGMbiBJsjUOUgRIc!WhfO+Q&land, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.
Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets ovTp97nOJ6B5)WZK9z([email protected]^NHfNC4E(QoRG9OYmqm4zbe(f Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.
It came just a month before devastating referendum results [email protected]^lBnDbR(t2XKg5M=5FMP+^gzyyC6Y(vd3showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.
Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalizedYYO7)7^4vV))oE)KX=CQqyV3-+Pc=RM8gD0XDX44=Aw$FurR)T same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.
This year, according to organizers, tHGNlq_q$=_u!v1fuE8g4rno(e7)[email protected]#vRA%_1qhe LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.