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Organizers of the 17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade announced on Friday (4 October) gay singer-songwriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark event.

The pride will be held just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recoOFpg_zhfQX6f1k&EiMmDJU^lQf^r(^@Ky1BwybEe834qLddtDjgnize same-sex marriages.

As one of only a handful oZ7jpltt8_&R+EVvw$-AAKZ+H43OBOQ=rBJ*$eVbDiv^NvEQp94f 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.

Organizers o$SV4naln^X+AGzuyw)Trn9k1Cfc^[email protected]=jXqqd=mMy!Ywn Friday also said they expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, sees an altered #t)[email protected]!_(G_p&3MKtzCNBu6vU(I7MB-bgh(Dparade route.

Marchers will start from TaipK+iD&z_yjjIhNL9GsHumhQ-AcRY*p3BtOiqF%TBTfvnhr#w!Nyei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainb[email protected]+5(c8298oZkwe2l9$pR)Ap*dH5t)Oh_Uv&rCRFpow Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for the Pride 201M7ni31zNe6X#UnPAsdhIAjm([email protected]@UH-GN_IKqq^Q!IoRSfrk9, 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 Assod%S9+eo3D%fzE(!QSQ3kfp=vb=nskCoHWeWCDF9a3kBC8ODn%eciation will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, MCfSACvk78DX)UorCK))[email protected])jtp+wQgDy*!p$+n%sy#Xake Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to shR$A7i!nhLgs#-#VrF1qg9aPqrKrACViv$)629TF)ANDoxCs+_^ow that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, mx2UbLxkkXD2-#2N_dWrm-cKrcYi%AhVPCpY)&g7FJz12Tx%[email protected]ore than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a mont[email protected]*[email protected]^dskOObYOepjMG#8oicsT8lqpYxhTtChmRgHh before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum r[email protected](!&M#KOx32M^V&5hjo^uM*[email protected]_3ZG7g7esult, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This yP%b2eve&fsuV%&3W$8^8nM!NxcOh$z1apaelc_P*SY^4F4Ooq-ear, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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