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Hundreds of the region’s LGBT movers and shakers will kick off Taiwan’s massive pride w8Ah$+oyEMyCuLnTeHjiM0pjteAd*[email protected]__j_(leekend at a unique party in downtown Taipei.

The GALA BFF GALA event on 25 October at Xinyi WoollozGVh)b-Bmrq9I8dus6&K0&-J7%kBCFa$Wx1MJc!H-1gKhMX42Fomooloo is the perfect warm-up for Asia’s largest pride parade, expected to attract 200,000 marchers. 

The partFb6n0%[email protected][email protected]#9R^f!y will include screenings of the latest original productions from LGBT-streaming service GagaOOLala and special guests from Japan Rainbow Night Out. 

"I can promi[email protected][email protected]([email protected]=pLedT7(WaSLr0c#se you lots of fun, laughter, friendship, and, of course, in this month of Celebration & Pride” said co-creator of the GALA BFF group of LGBT professionals, Jay Lin.

GALA BFF creates a place for socializing and connecting for the region’s LGBT people off the dance floor. The group holds monthly get-togethers, networking events, WPX#d=PAc^[email protected]%oKaA^A_2D3k^)!i#gvRT6rDmhoNFr90y&0gscreenings, and talks.

"I am proud to say that indeed after six[email protected]_+v=)[email protected][email protected](NND8=KmN!j years, the group is over a thousand strong and increasingly internationalized with connections that are formed online as well as off-line” Lin said.

Tickets are $600 if purchased before 20 October and $750 after. Buy tickets or find out more here.


Organizers of the 17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place onRVYvy2q-kg^o([email protected]*U&XYQCM=zwLd2zkhOgsBp 26 October.

The pride will be 0k=S!G8q+9sp5dHOqdR5v13DmLQd=tY61jbxyN%T20YXReO0Ejheld just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark kC04*LugrT#3i!H(vxfsO0wQG+ysuQ(+Lwm6m5g7nyJj4E_^MSevent.

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 Tao#E4ajV7RPhr3iv6pNPV9a8+BWP^iIwin*TLOG%N9qrB_%h7eOiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legaliC=5WtW8crkr0PV&%2Dz^j*7t8irY8u8WQ72P0nRcfKF)daS=HJze same-sex marriage, sees an altered parade route.

Marchers will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to!hJUPK_hHNy5$4ZBIJM_ttTygN31ld_7F6TrDWwi%xrn582!7i Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace [email protected](utNJO5_%at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by bothnCTg5IaOPRy2ePx^vK_6!ypwad^iqPL65I*@fh*BQu!rAnbUOA 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(%uT$kl38zl9f+9A+2U*NVqvje+K1wyeqjttbcB#9Wfkgn3B#i Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This flpl^LEHLE^=qY%[email protected]year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means goodGu^OI_0$g+89TS1ki4G5RSN8!rTKK1PmLGyL_dM2k%uWr%FRKW neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000[email protected]$Dh8e!1rZ4Z(L^Rt!3ySl_NIT_TBdK134OhrH!%1Wf 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 the majority of Bfxof=RokA3cbd$KZz06^=NC6Ftjs+)LZ*S!bG4T^-nfanHZ5KTaiwan 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 failing to do so was unconsti!pLMI(x&9CQHuL8RMGdRzCuOUl9FusLNF38*IHif8e^OhXn0$Jtutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight 4wOgD%+(bw!LEnrYNo6hCW3_nkbW%=7SV9$TeUKGWVFps0%o$ragainst prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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