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More than=+pIHm_wMTJ77ked=CbUDT(Hbn0OQjT#bL!+poyxCmp_3m9N-5 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.

Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan le7K_aaubC_w3g2y)4P_fK2Tua0xeQC6o(D8zjo92gSH*C^copN@galized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.

Local entrepreneur and DdndMALF-N2jJuESIBnkLbkTJB&2fKAVai3JFJ8BKhw09tvUXmLGBT activist Jay Lin said the experience was “very memorable”.

He saidXz2kpjY_7y6p^txR_)eg*4TA3&nVgtrS3)*NT_c@3Q3wlQe-7u walking 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 citdIj@a^5=2LXH5(3CAkicgtxN3!mm=Yf&&3lX8Gzkkp&*w3sgTfy, 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 Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LE1$Lq@a5q*at0kw%WIXyv#RyrbQdhgun3BrQ+dR!+X7=K4tzV-GBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—inclu4KMI17l_P^&cX%N^n_r%*OjU3B1ypS-z+tYSrVxB@Ko==)XFInding gay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 180 different groups and 24 floats took part in the march, according to organirjOB*cVW)cAJyIA1iaW+tUOw^y%p-WthB$zQ!)0w^Ld%VPI&wmzers.

The parade was the landcIFf!Ntg544aMQ%ubg9ItICFm6BLFZT6iWXn%#BrA0R5%iyYAJmark 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, cqlGe8L@S=V+!Vubi*4udzOkT0O*P-Qu^xy34nUvafjSikz0b*renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays 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 thevcOHx#meG-qdc%OTcWjHpQ)J=URh#!7Y!Sy##)pXC6=KB1d+&I end of the long parade across town.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out pvD4n($+oAcaWd8PnoejyQzw_$SJOPtI^Q79)dz8nR!sEf-cmJCublicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the firsRGmJkv8M!d6^2RDMxj!q3QPYt8TvE#x^Ur^N!b_sBpQYos9P8et since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.

Marchers started from Taipei City HalYAfw_y1fSfLljXxye2m*&Zi^JHk3hyB%m1R_5PviGdg#1F8qRKl Plaza and travelled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade then turned south to Renai RoaJ@EiHWtNkoX@naLw0pcV_!7@D!zfKTIj*YSWz(U-e2@5nW=6qXd before ending 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 ef=4JcbyA3jpsK)HT6iyCxBj0Rlta!FybG9J*S%AVI_Voz4FqPin bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini PaJ^1d#MbU@*rhgPAQrU&MxvD%6aXors^FSCZShSLekm6271836&rade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Bett5XMO@(El9IZI&Pg2f2+wuiOfP+Y5RiDwZy@aXJOS*MzbCmzhp7er”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was!H^Ez+3CN!tfSdQvbdVjC4Ot4)+FqR+nB5d!hBj%n_@GLZgW-v 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 people took to the streets o0F=%RjyP_7EC2-w1*-)!scWoVo3@ZR4O=KDHoRCoU2OI8r%TWDf Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not WRWkD3FVu@JFI5e+onct1LR+WS4MiPv$u42(ApAS5zsuFRW=F*support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finaCKyu4LPHQKEu8F!vZ$l-6CNTV-nXiBw7^EJ=_mX+nPtUsWvpqrlly legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, accord+eKN0I(*h#uHa-5q%TwDo@-At6L2aW1jWdPRgHt!EtFybt7tkEing 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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